Health Authorities in collaboration with partners have begun a nationwide vaccination campaign for the COVID-19 Vaccines beginning with Montserrado County.
The Ministry of Health (MOH) on April 1, 2021 officially launched the nationwide Corona virus Vaccination campaign at the famous Ministerial Complex in Congo Town where several government officials formed part of the immunization.
Speaking at the official launch of the vaccination campaign, Health Minister Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah told the gathering that after receiving a total shipment of the 123,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccines thru the COVAX Initiative, a partnership among WHO, CDC, UNICEF, USAID, AU, GAVI, etc., the Ministry of Health was pleased to begin immunization of its citizens across the Country.
According to Dr. Jallah, the World is in the midst of the pandemic and as such, the Ministry and its partners have been working together on the response tracking the virus, advising on critical interventions, distributing preventive COVID-19 medical supplies to health facilities—in order to minimize the virus among the populace.
Dr. Jallah who served as the chief launcher during the occasion led scores of government officials including Information Minister Ledgerhood Rennie, as well as some members of the 54th National Legislature, who took their first dose of the vaccine.
She said that the beginning of the vaccination in Liberia is in line with the world’s efforts to eradicate the COVID-19, and the vaccine is a critical new tool in the battle against the virus.
“This is the day many have been aspiring for to reach after more than 12 months of continued work with our partners and colleagues on the frontline fighting this pandemic,” the Health Minster said.
She also indicated that it is as well a critical new tool in the battle against the virus.
She said the Ministry is however confident that the vaccine is safe and she used the occasion to encourage all Liberians to be vaccinated. According to Minister Jallah, this is important because all of the Vaccines were tested in state-of-the-art laboratories, tried in thousands of renowned clinics and approved by WHO.
Minister Jallah said besides Liberia, other countries have applied the same Vaccines all over the world, including countries in Africa like Ghana, Sierra Leone and Morocco, among others.
Minister Jallah: “I am grateful to see the fruits of our efforts and I am hopeful of our success as we roll out the COVID-19 vaccines exercise intended to make everyone safe.
She clarified that being vaccinated against the covid-19 will be one of the best to protect one-selves and everyone. She also noted that the most eligible people who get vaccinated against the COVID-19 in Liberia, the better it is for everyone to be immunized.
Meanwhile, WHO Country Representative, Dr. Peter Clement, said stopping the spread of the COVID-19 globally and in Liberia gets everyone closer to the end of the pandemic. He stressed the importance of adherence to the public health preventative measures in order to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 even after one is fully vaccinated.
Dr. Clement who spoke on behalf of the WHO during the occasion told the gathering that the rollout in Liberia was an important step forward in containing the spread of the virus.
Laila O. Gad, UNICEF Representative to Liberia, said as one of the COVAX initiative partners, UNICEF is ensuring vaccines are available to their frontline workers and the most vulnerable so that no one is left behind in this global fight.
“Together with wearing mask, washing hands and observing social distance, the vaccination will reduce infection and save lives.”
To forester the early introduction of the COVID-19 vaccines in Liberia, the country has identified its 20 percent priority population to be targeted.
The priority group includes Health Care Workers, elderly people from the age of (60 upwards) people with co-morbidities, refuges, and other essential workers who cannot social distance themselves due to the work they performed.