590 children receive COVID-19 jab in Zomba

590 children receive COVID-19 jab in Zomba

About 590 children in Zomba District have received the first dose of Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine, Malawi News Agency has learnt.

According to Zomba District Health Promotion Officer, Arnold Mndalira, the district started administering the vaccine in January, 2022 and that more children are being vaccinated.

Mndalira said though there was reluctance by some parents to allow their children to receive the vaccine, the response has so far improved with more children coming forward to get the vaccine.

“We intensified awareness campaigns, enticing parents to bring their children and get a jab. Slowly, we saw people coming and today, we have a great response from all the communities,” said Mndalira.

The health promotion officer also said his office held a meeting with head teachers, parents and chiefs on why children should get the Pfizer Vaccine.

“I would like to thank the head teachers, chiefs and parents for allowing their children to receive the vaccine and assisting our office in spreading out messages about the vaccines.

“We believe it is through these people that we now have increased demand for the vaccine,” he said.

Mndalira has since advised parents to continue looking after their children since a person may still become positive even after receiving the vaccine.

Malawi is administering three types of COVID-19 vaccines, but children aged between 12 and 17 years are the ones receiving Pfizer-BioNTech.