Low patronage in second COVID-19 Vaccination

COVID-19 Vaccination exercise

Following the resumption of the second administration of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine on 3rd June 2021 in the country, only 38 people have so far received the second dose.

This has been confirmed by the latest information from the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 situation update with 19 people receiving the second jab on 5th June and another 19 on 6th June, 2021 respectively.

Chairperson of the Taskforce Khumbize Chiponda hailed the partnership between government and the media in giving out the correct information on the disease which she noted has contributed to the reduction in the spread of the pandemic in Malawi.

She has since urged all practitioners to intensify efforts in educating the public and disseminating the correct information in order to keep them well informed.

“On COVID-19 vaccination, cumulatively 358,989 people have received the first dose with no one receiving the first dose in the past 24 hours while cumulatively, 19 people have received the second dose with no one receiving the second dose in the past 24 hours.

“Today, I would like to commend and appreciate the role that the journalists and media houses are playing in our country as we are fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. The media is playing a very important role in informing and educating the public thereby helping in clearing out the misinformation, myths, disinformation and misconceptions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic” read the statement.

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In the past 24 hours, Malawi has registered six new cases, seven new recoveries and one new death registered in Salima district.

Of the new cases, four are locally transmitted: one each from Blantyre, Lilongwe, Salima and Ntcheu districts while two are imported (from India) and are in Blantyre District.

With a Case Fatality Rate at 3.36 percent, cumulatively, Malawi has recorded 34,390 cases including 1,157 deaths. Of these cases, 2,229 are imported infections and 32,165 are locally transmitted.

Cumulatively, 32,667 cases have now recovered (recovery rate of 95%) and 232 were lost to follow-up.

This brings the total number of active cases to 334. In the past 24 hours, there were two new admissions in the treatment units while two cases were discharged.

On testing, in the past 24 hours, 272 COVID-19 tests were conducted. Of these, 90 tests were through SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Rapid Diagnostic test while the rest were through RT-PCR.

The positive cases out of the total number tested (past 24 hours) translate to a positivity rate of 2.2 percent while a weekly positivity rate (seven days moving average) is at 1.9 percent.

Cumulatively, 248,986 tests have been conducted in the country so far.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health has started sending out reminders through SMS’s to those that were registered digitally indicating the date for the second dose and a registration number to be presented at the vaccination site to ease the searching of names in the database.