Government is set to administer third dose of COVID-19 vaccination, known as booster dose, to the high risk category of persons, even those below the age of 50.
The booster dose now being given to the category of the population 50 years and above, will also be given to teachers, boda boda cyclists, health workers, security personnel, drivers and conductors of all
public service vehicles and religious leaders among other categories, according to a statement made by the Health Minister, Dr. Jane Aceng on Friday.
“I wish to extend my appreciation to H.E the President for taking his booster dose and encouraging all those above 50 years of age to get their booster doses,” said Dr. Aceng.
A booster dose is a dose of vaccine that is given to someone who is already fully vaccinated after a specified period, in this case 6 months. This offers an additional protection against the threat of the
new COVID-19 variants like Omicron.
“In my last address, I had indicated that we shall start giving booster doses to the those who are ready to receive beginning February 2022 except for the elderly who have already started,” she added.
The priority population group has however now been added to 10.
“The Ministry of Health will administer booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to the elderly aged 50 years and above; Security personnel; Health workers; Teachers both in pre-primary, primary, secondary and post-secondary institutions; Boda boda riders; Drivers and conductors of all Passenger Services Vehicles (PSVs); Bar and night club workers; Market workers and vendors; Religious leaders and Media,” said Aceng.
Health workers, Teachers and the Security Forces now added to the category of the elderly while the rest will come on board at the end of March 2022.
“The aforementioned groups of people were recommended for booster doses due their high level of contact with the other members of the public during their day-to-day activities,” she said.
The recommended groups are eligible for booster if they have completed their primary vaccine series (first and second dose) at least 6 months ago.
So far, 12,085,428 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to the population. To date, 10,315,951 of the 22 million priority persons have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccines and 2,236,544 are vaccinated using J&J vaccine (requires single dose) while 1,769,477 have received the second dose of their initial vaccine and are therefore fully vaccinated.
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