Liberia’s Health Minister, Others Get First AstraZeneca COVID-19 Jab

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In an effort to dispel fear among Liberians concerning the Coronavirus vaccine, the Minister of Health, Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah along with other government officials, kicked off the AstraZeneca vaccine for COVID-19 immunization by each of them taking the jab at the Ministerial Complex in Congo Town on Thursday, April 1, 2021.

The process will continue simultaneously at eight health facilities including JFK Medical Centre, ELWA, Catholic, SOS, James Davis Jr. Memorial Hospital, Redemption, UN Clinic and the 14 Military Hospital, respectively.

Liberia has 2,042 Covid-19 cases as of March 31, 2021, with 1,899 recovered and 85 deaths.

It can be recalled that the government of Liberia through Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah and Foreign Minister Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah, Sr., on Friday, March 5, 2021, received first the shipment of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines at the Roberts International Airport (RIA).

Liberia’s Health Authorities in collaboration with partners at the kick off of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign in Monrovia

The 96,000 doses received is part of 384,000 doses that are expected to be delivered to Liberia through the COVAX Facility soon.

Receiving the consignments, Liberia’s Health Minister, Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah, lauded the World Health Organization (WHO), the United States Government, the COVAX Facility, including other partners in ensuring that Liberia becomes a recipient of the COVAX Vaccine.

Minister Jallah said the consignment of the COVAX Vaccine is very important to the government of Liberia’s continued fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

She noted that the government attaches great importance to the protection of its citizens, especially with the arrival of the COVAX Vaccine.

The Health Minister said the ministry has already begun receiving calls from Liberians who are willing to take the COVAX Vaccine, saying “this must be echo across the country.”

The Vaccines were presented to the Government of Liberia by the Country Representative of the World Health Organization to Liberia, Dr. Peter Clements, and Mr. Samuel Mawunganidze, UNICEF Deputy Representative for Programme.

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