Namibia’s Ministry of Health and Social Services announced Phase II of the country’s nationwide vaccine roll-out in mid-April. Phase II, which was set to start as from the 19th of April, enables and encourages all Namibians to access vaccinations at the identified Vaccination Sites across the country.
According to the World Health Organisation getting vaccinated is safer than getting infected. “Vaccines train our immune system to recognize the targeted virus and create antibodies to fight off the disease without getting the disease itself. After vaccination, the body is ready to fight the virus if it is later exposed to it, thereby preventing illness.” The WHO also recommends that those that have already been infected with COVID-19 should still be vaccinated, unless their healthcare provider recommends otherwise, as there have been instances where people get reinfected.
According to the Vaccines for Hope coalition in Namibia, vaccinations reduce both your chances of contracting the virus and, if you do still end up contracting it, reduces the severity of your reaction to infection. They are encouraging those Namibians willing and able to be vaccinated to actively consider joining the nationwide roll-out as soon as possible so that Namibia may build up its herd immunity.
The WHO stated that medical professionals can best advise you whether or not and when you should receive the vaccine. The vaccine will be administered to you by a healthcare worker who will then observe you for 15-30 minutes to check for any unexpected reactions before allowing you to leave the vaccination area. Those getting vaccinated may expect mild-to-moderate side effects for a day or two, like with any vaccine. These included a low fever and pain or redness at the injection site.
Visit the WHO’s website and check out their Safety of COVID-19 Vaccines explainer and Vaccines Safety Q&A to learn more about common side effects and find out who should consult with a doctor before vaccination.
The Ministry of Health and Social Services has availed both fixed and mobile vaccination centres in all 35 health districts as per the National Deployment and Vaccination Plan for COVID-19 vaccines. Both AstraZeneca and Sinopharm vaccines will be offered to those seeking a vaccine. You can check out the list of vaccination sites to find your nearest or easiest accessible point here: https://bit.ly/2S0gixB or here:
Remember, vaccination is 100% voluntary and we should continue to respect the rights of those individuals who opt to not take the vaccine.
Please continue to wear your mask, sanitise and practice social distancing even after you have received your vaccination to further halt the spread of the virus.
All enquiries related to COVID-19 vaccination can be directed to the COVID-19 Call Centre at 0800 100 100, WhatsApp 085 110 0100 or the Ministry of Health and Social Services’ PR Office at +264 61 203 2054.