Drive through vaccination site opens in Walvis Bay

62 people vaccinated

18 August 2021 | Health

Trevino Forbes; Mayor, “… you hardly notice that you are actually coming for a vaccine…”

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The drive-through vaccination station at the Jan Wilken Stadium is currently in operation and will run until the 27th.

The site officially opened on Tuesday morning, with the mayor Trevino Forbes, councillor Albertina Nkoshi, and urban constituency councillor Deriou Benson being the first persons to get vaccinated.

The mayor is now fully vaccinated, while the two councillors received their first shots.

Convenient

Forbes described the process as efficient and quick.

“It is well organised and I must commend the team who set up the site.”

The first point at the site as you enter the stadium gate, is allocated for filling in the health questionnaire. Next, is where the medical staff check your vitals, such as your blood pressure.

“The only point you get out of your vehicle, is when you get vaccinated. It’s difficult to get the jab while seated in a car. During your vaccination, the staff fill in your details on your vaccination passport. After you wait the required time, you are good to go,” Forbes said.

After your vaccination, you are required to wait for 30 minutes if it’s your first dose and for 15 minutes if it’s your second dose.

Each person vaccinated at the site also received a lollipop.

Forbes encourages everyone to make use of the site.

“The site also accommodates walk in’s; it’s just not a drive through facility. There is a very lively spirit, everyone is very friendly – you hardly notice that you are actually coming for a vaccine.”

Walvis Bay urban constituency councillor Deriou Benson received his first vaccination.

“The process was quick and easy. It took me about 15 minutes. I’ll be back on 17 September for my second dose.”

He says that he did his research about the vaccine before getting it.

“There were many stories going around, but I did my research and I decided what is best. Plus, I need to lead by example, so I encourage everyone who is comfortable with taking the jab, to do so. Don’t listen to hearsay; do your own research, make your own decision and don’t let others influence you.”

On the first day, 62 people were vaccinated at the site.

This temporary vaccination point is powered by the Office of the Erongo Governor, the Gondwana Collection Namibia and the Gondwana Care Trust, Seawork Cares Foundation and supported by several private companies under the umbrella of the health ministry.

All health and Covid-19 protocols are implemented and managed by OSH-Med international and E.M.A. Rescue Service. Westcare Medical Centre is availing enrolled nurses. Namibia Health Risk Solutions (NHRS) and NHP medical aid fund enable logistics for walk-in vaccinations and contribute to the nursing services.

Operating hours

The vaccination point, with access from Sport Street, runs until 27 August and can be visited from 10:00 to 18:00 on weekdays, and from 10:00 to 14:00 on Saturday and Heroes Day (26 August).
The site will be closed on Sunday.

The Swakopmund site located at the rugby stadium, will become operational on 31 August and runs until 10 September 2021.

Access is from Welwitschia Street, with operational hours from 10:00 to 18:00 (Monday to Friday) and on Saturday from 10:00 to 14:00.

The site will be closed on Sunday.

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