Over 17 000 vaccinated in Erongo

Walvis Bay Salt Company donates

12 August 2021 | Health

Anna Jonas; Erongo health director; “We are really happy that the number has started going up.”

Swakopmund • [email protected]


Erongo regional health director Anna Jonas says that as of 9 August, over 17 000 residents of the region have received their first dose of either AstraZeneca or Sinopharm.

She said this at a N$70 000 donation by the Walvis Bay Salt Company towards the Erongo vaccination campaign for Covid-19 on Wednesday.

“This represents 14% coverage of the Erongo population. We are really happy that the number has started going up,” she said.

She added that over 5 000 people have received their second dose of either AstraZeneca or Sinopharm, which represents 4% coverage.

“We had over 800 people getting the jab on 9 August in the region and on 10 August we had more than 1 400 people being vaccinated. Even smaller districts like Usakos and Omaruru are really picking up, but we still need more people to get vaccinated,” she said.

Governor Neville Andre expressed his gratitude towards Walvis Bay Salt Company for the donation.

“What you are giving us today really means a lot. We will put it to good use, namely to get our people vaccinated.”

The health ministry recently announced that those who are awaiting their second dose of AstraZeneca should do so now, after the Dutch government donated of over 75 000 doses of the vaccine that arrived in the country last Sunday.

The regional governor has set his sights on ensuring that 68% of Erongo (roughly 121 000 individuals) be vaccinated. The daily target is 1 000 people per day.

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