Covid-19 vaccination exercise paused as the country runs out of doses

The Ministry of Health has announced that Covid-19 vaccination exercise has been temporarily paused as the country has run of stock of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Minister of Health Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda made the announcement Monday evening in her daily Covid-19 update.

Chiponda said the exercise will resume once the country secures another consignment of the vaccine in July.

“On COVID-19 vaccination, I would like to inform the public that the COVID-19 vaccine doses that we had received have been exhausted hence the vaccination exercise has been paused until another consignment of the vaccine arrives in the country in July 2021 and the public will be duly informed appropriately,” said Chiponda.

Chiponda (R): The next consignment will arrive in July

The Minister also assured people who are yet to receive their second jab not to worry as the first is still effective until they get their second jab.  

“For those that were due for the second dose and did not manage to get it, there is no need to worry as the vaccine is still effective when the second dose is given after 12 weeks,” assured the Minister.

On adherence to preventive measures, the Minister reminded people who have taken the jab to continue adhering to Covid-19 preventive measures to help contain further spread of the virus.

Civil servants queuing at Capital Hill in Lilongwe to get their second jab in June

“It is important that those that have been vaccinated must continue to adhere to the other measures namely; appropriate wearing of masks, hand washing and social distancing so as to reduce the chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others. The combination of adherence to the preventive measures and vaccination will help us contain the pandemic,” said Chiponda.

As of 28 June 2021, only 43, 165 of 385, 242 people who have received first jab of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine have received their second jab.

Malawi is currently experiencing third wave of the pandemic with positivity rate standing above 10%.