Vaccination in Namibia remains voluntary

15 September 2021 | Government

When government developed the National Covid-19 Vaccination and Deployment Plan earlier this year, the country adopted the principle of voluntary vaccination.

The aim was to encourage vaccine uptake on a voluntary basis.

Recently, there has been broad discussion on different platforms about mandatory vaccination.

“It has been reported that some employers are making it a requirement for employees to be vaccinated. This does not change the position adopted by government and as such, to date, vaccination in Namibia remains voluntary,” president Geingob said during the 34th briefing on national Covid-19 measures.

According to the president, the vaccination campaign is making encouraging progress. “So far, up to 13.9% fully vaccinated coverage has been recorded in Khomas; 12.6% in Hardap and 11.9% and 11.8% in Erongo and Kavango West, respectively.”

Geingob said that the most vulnerable segments, such as the elderly and persons with co-morbidities, have been vaccinated to a greater extent.

“However, uptake by healthcare workers remains lower in comparison, with only 14.5% fully vaccinated.”

During the period, Namibia recorded an average vaccine uptake rate of 3 556 doses per day.

The national vaccination coverage currently stands at 15.1% of the population for those who have received their 1st dose, while 9% of the population are fully vaccinated.

“This is a long shot from the requisite 60% total population coverage target to achieve herd immunity by March 2022. I implore all eligible Namibians to get vaccinated. Vaccination remains one of the effective measures to avert serious illness and death from Covid-19,” the president pleaded.

Geingob also expressed his gratitude to the Republic of Serbia, that donated 15 000 doses of component 1 of 2 of the Sputnik vaccine.

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