Metro (Lesotho)

J&J COVID vaccines to be distribute­d regionally

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MASERU - The over 300 000 doses of the recently received, Johnson and Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccines will be distribute­d in Maseru, Berea, Leribe and Butha-Buthe where the target will be the most vulnerable groups in the communitie­s, the Director of Family Health, Dr ’Makhoase Ranyali has said.

The Ministry of Health, she noted will ensure that the 302 400 doses of the vaccine that were received by the government of Lesotho on Friday from the United States of America will be distribute­d to all the eligible people in the four districts.

Dr Ranyali said they have targeted people aged 60 years and above as well as the health workers and the village health workers who were not vaccinated in the first phase of the vaccine roll out.

She said the other groups that will be vaccinated include members of the security agencies, factory workers along with people working and studying lawfully in South Africa.

Dr Ranyali said the remaining six districts including Mafeteng, Mohale’s Hoek, Quthing, Qacha’s Nek and Mokhotlong are expecting about 260 000 doses of Sinopharm which she said is administer­ed in two doses.

“The vaccine which will arrive in two weeks’ time is expected to cover about 130 000 people,” she said, adding that they also expect another batch of J&J vaccines from the African Union (AU) soon.

The target, she said is anyone aged 18 and above, adding that they will start with people who are at a higher risk of contractin­g the virus. LeNA

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