Our country kicked-start the COVID-19 vaccination programme on 27 January 2021.
The programme has prioritized the elderly persons, people with underlying diseases and those who are vulnerable to the diseases living in the townships under the stay-at-home measures.
Among these townships, the programme has also given priority to people in townships and areas with a higher rate of infection in relation to the availability of doses for the vaccine.
The following vaccines will be used for the remaining persons in prioritized order.
As we believe that the more people who receive the vaccine, the more protected everybody will be. Hence, private pharmaceutical companies have been allowed to import safe and effective vaccines and
For the mass immunization against COVID-19, our country has purchased the vaccine at a low price or free via COVAX facility for 20 per cent of the country’s population.
It reflects that we will see the first batch of immunization soon. The more people who receive the vaccine, the more protected everybody will be. Private pharmaceutical companies have been allowed to import safe and effective vaccines and to inoculate the people. It is learnt that they can apply the permission at the Food and Drug Administration-FDA.
This move is expected to speed up the vaccination programme with sufficient availability of vaccines.
The expansion of the drive and the involvement of the private sector is a welcome move. Now is the time to think about opening up vaccination for all with the availability of vaccines.
With the vaccination moving forward, we will see fewer hospitalizations and deaths through the end of the pandemic.
Making vaccines availability at the open market and community-wide vaccination becomes possible, and we can truly put the coronavirus behind us.
In a crisis such as this, there are no silver bullets. Today, tomorrow, and for many more months to come, we must continue to implement the basic public health measures that we know work and which have defined our “new normal”. Wash your hands. Wear a mask. Maintain physical distance and avoid the three Cs – crowded places, close-contact settings, and confined and enclosed spaces.