As the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination campaign continues, Blantyre District Health Office (DHO) has also gone into the second week targeting the elderly above 60, journalists, medical personnel and other priority groups.
The second phase started on a promising note in the city as more people patronised the vaccination centres to get the jab.
The situation was similar at Zingwagwa Clinic where one Janet Nyirenda, who plies a food business as far as South Africa took her jab.
“What made me to be vaccinated is that am a food transporter, I use trucks to take food stuffs from Malawi to South Africa so I meet different people in the borders that is why I have chosen to be vaccinated for my safety,” said Nyirenda.
The elderly, like Gogo Jane Manda, born in 1932, were also spotted at the facility, defying myths about the complications associated with the vaccine.
“I can only encourage my fellow elderly people to go for vaccination in order to protect our lives,” she said.
Surprisingly, both men and women have been flocking to the centres to take the vaccination.
Jumah Major, 65, was one of the few men we found at the facility saying he had no choice but ensure he protects himself and others from the virus.
“I am very happy and waiting for the second jab and will be one of the first to get the jab," he said.
Malawi received 360,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine as the first shipment of the COVID-19 vaccines from COVAX and is expected to receive the second jab in the coming eight weeks.