Sierra Leone: The government of Sierra Leone through the national spokesperson for the National COVID-19 Emergency Response Centre (NaCOVERC), Solomon Jamiru, has confirmed that government has reduced the age limit to 30 years and above for key target persons on the ongoing national corona vaccination. He said they are working to expand the exercise to vaccinate more people so he called on youths within the age bracket to make use of the opportunity to curb the spread of the disease in the country.
Harold Thomas, Risk Communication lead and Health Education Programs Manager in the Ministry of Health and Sanitation revealed, since the nationwide vaccination roll-out plan was launched on 15th March 2021 to date, they had vaccinated close to 100, 000 people but observed, people in the target group are yet to come forward for their vaccine doses. He disclosed, government is working on increasing the rollout to government institutions, and other public places with the aim of ensuring majority of the nation population is vaccinated.
Solomon Jamiru said, despite the fact that the country has recently not been recording higher numbers of confirmed cases but the fact remains, the daily little figures are indicative of community spread of the disease, which is why according to him, members of the public should be mindful and work towards preventing a third wave by adhering to all health precaution.
Jamiru said, the redundancy of restrictions by government does not in any terms implies as a country everyone should relent in the fight against Covid. He encouraged all not to let down their guard, which is the more reason they are ensuring everyone is able to access the vaccine. He said the reduction on the age limit was in response to a call from members of the public and that of ensuring more people are vaccinated.
The spokesperson Solomon Jamiru said, based on growing concerns globally especially with the new spike in cases, they have reinstated new measures on incident rate including, all passengers traveling from countries with 100 or more cases, or from countries with 50 percent or more sudden cases, and or variant of concerns, those individuals are advised to use the Sierra Leone traveller’s portal before coming into the country.
Jamiru said the fact that Sierra Leone is not immune, any exponential increase in cases could happen if the country fails to adhere to health precaution, and if they as well fail to take the necessary measures. He said the data is indicative that there are cases in the country so, he encourages all to be positive by demonstrating being a role model to society.
The Risk Communication lead and Health Education Programs Manager, Harold Thomas, said it is too early to record any significant impacts of the ongoing vaccination especially on the key target population pointing, what they are doing is building a herd immunity which according to him requires, high number of persons should have been vaccinated with either their first or second booster doses.
Thomas said government target is now 20 percent of the population which according to him is far from reachable which is why they are reducing the age limit to get more citizens vaccinated. He said despite the figures, their systems to test, trace, and track remains to be intact and operationally working well.
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