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12 August 2021 | Health
Neville Andre; Governor; “Our target is to reach 1000 people in the region per day.”
Erongo governor Neville Andre together with regional chief medical officer Dr Leonard Kabongo, visited vaccination sites in Walvis Bay and Swakopmund.
The Narraville Lutheran Hall vaccination site has seen a steady stream of people queuing for their first and second dose of Sinopharm, or a second dose of the AstraZeneca.
According to pastor Mark Beukes, 323 people have been vaccinated for Sinopharm here over the past 11 days.
“For the past two days, since the arrival of AstraZeneca, we have vaccinated 284 people for their second doses.”
Currently, only Sinopharm is available for first and second doses, while AstraZeneca is available for second doses only.
Beukes said that a number of people have requested a first dose of AstraZeneca.
“A lot have said they are willing to wait until the first dose arrives.”
Kabongo said that the ministry is in the process of procuring more vaccines.
Andre stated that the target is to vaccinate 121 000 people in the Erongo region.
“We want our people to be vaccinated so that we can get back to some sort of normality. Usually we vaccinate around 400 people, but on Tuesday we managed to vaccinate 900 people. Our target is to reach 1000 people in the region per day.”
Andre encouraged the elderly to encourage the youth to get vaccinated.
At the newly established Kuisebmond Family Clinic vaccination site, only a few people queued to receive their vaccines.
Registered nurse Eelu Hilma said that 148 people have been vaccinated here since Monday.
“On Monday I took a loudspeaker to tell people about the site. People insulted us by saying that, ‘we are just here to kill them’.”
The site is equipped with different rooms for the questionnaire, screening and vaccination process. The room where people are vaccinated is equipped with an oxygen tank, a bed and an emergency trolley.
“Anything can happen, so we are prepared.”
By next week, selected fishing factories will also be mobilised as vaccine sites.
Mobile teams are also on the move, if companies require their services.
Except for the sited in Kuisebmond and Narraville, a vaccination point is also set up at Welwitschia Hospital.
Gondwana Collection Namibia announced that the first drive-through and walk-in vaccination station at the coast would open in Walvis Bay on 17 August 2021, and move to Swakopmund on 31 August 2021.
In Walvis Bay, it will run from 17 to 27 August 2021 at the Jan Wilken Stadium, with access from Sport Street. Operating hours are 10:00 to 18:00 (Monday to Friday) and on Saturday and Heroes Day (26 August) from 10:00 to 14:00. The site will be closed on Sunday.
In Swakopmund, the site will be operational from 31 August to 10 September at the rugby stadium. Access is from Welwitschia Street, 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.
Vaccines are provided by the health ministry and the public is requested to download vaccination forms prior to their visit.
Vaccination forms are available at https://gondwana-collection.com/en/about-us/covid-19-hygiene-measures.
The drive-through vaccination station will grant frontline workers preference to jump the line if they arrive in uniform or with an official vehicle (police, medics, fire fighters, etc.).
Individuals or companies who would like to support this initiative can contact the Gondwana Care Trust [email protected] . Volunteers for administration and parking welcome can also contact us via email. A beverage and meal will be provided per 4-hour shift.