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Media receives AstraZeneca jabs


Maseru, April 19 — Members of the media fraternity on Monday gathered at Ministry of Health Auditorium to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

In this second phase of vaccination roll-out, senior citizens, people with core morbidities and media got vaccinated following the health workers.

In an interview, one Mr. Lekhanya Mpesi from Radio Lesotho commended the move saying that they are very happy and optimistic because they have been in the front-line since the outbreak of the virus as they had to disseminate information to the public about it while at the same time being in contact with the suspects and patients of the virus.

‘We have been in the front-line but without any Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as we were in contact with the suspects, and the patients of the virus as well as health workers therefore we are thankful to the ministry for including us in the vaccine roll out. This is a very good move,’ he said.

He added that this would help the journalists and reporters to part the experience of being vaccinated and hopefully rubbish away lies and allegations being made about the vaccine saying they would be able to assure the public that the vaccine is not dangerous as said.

He called on all media practitioners to take this opportunity and get vaccinated for safety of their lives saying that they do not want any life lost to COVID-19.

On the other hand, ministry’s Manager of Expanded Programme on Immunisation Mrs. Nthatisi Mothisi indicated that they have decided to administer vaccine to people who are at high risk being the elderly, people with core morbidities and media saying that this is because they have only about 14,000 doses left.

She noted that they are still awaiting more doses which she noted will then be given to the rest of the people.

In another story, Deputy Chairperson of Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Lesotho Chapter, Mr. Kananelo Boloetse had commended the Ministry of Health for taking into consideration the journalists, reporters and presenters.

‘I think it is a good move. I was actually surprised that media were not included in the priority categories, but were called to cover events where others were getting vaccinated although, we get in contact with so many people on a daily basis, I thought it was a contradiction, but now that it has been dealt with, MISA Lesotho is very pleased,’ said the Deputy Chairperson.

Meanwhile. Lesotho is currently on vaccine roll out which started on March 10 after receiving 36,000 doses from COVAX Facility.


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