Ministry of Health is fast approaching its target set for the first batch of the Sinopharm vaccine, with more than 23 thousand people vaccinated yesterday, Friday 29th January 2021.
The last date that a first dose of the vaccine from the first batch will be administered to persons who have not yet received was Saturday 30th January 2021.
The vaccination campaign using the Sinopharm vaccine will continue for people aged 18 to 60 years who have received the first dose. They will be administered the second dose of the vaccine to complete their vaccination course again on appointment basis as per the daily schedule prepared by the vaccination coordination team.
A second batch of the Sinopharm vaccine is expected into the country soon and will be added to the campaign to ensure maximum coverage of the population of Seychelles. Using lessons learnt from the first round of mass COVID-19 vaccination, the Co-ordination team will review their strategies to improve on the distribution of the vaccine.
While more of the population anticipate their first dose of the vaccine, the Ministry of Health reminds members of the public that it aims to vaccinate maximum of the population to ensure widespread protection against the virus.
Additionally, everyone is advised that their cooperation is crucial to the success of the campaign and asked to respect the appointment slots and understand the hard work undertaken by staff of the vaccination centres.
While some hiccups are experienced in operations at the vaccination centres. The various staff are working tirelessly to administer the vaccine and reach the set targets.
The COVID-19 vaccines are just one more layer of protection against the COVID-19 virus. As more research is carried out about the virus, the community should continue to implement public health measures, such as continuous mask wearing, good hand hygiene, maintain social distancing, and limiting physical interactions outside their households.
Under new guidelines issued by the Public Health Authority, no COVID-19 screening tests is needed for persons placed under home quarantine during or upon completion of the quarantine period. Testing may be recommended for persons who develop symptoms of the infection. All persons placed under home quarantine who develop symptoms are advised to visit the special stations at Glacis Health Centre, Baie Lazare Health Centre and Mont Fleuri Health Centre. The home quarantine period should be completed for 14 days, from arrival in Seychelles or last contact with a positive case of COVID-19. A certificate of quarantine will be presented at the end of the quarantine period.
Anyone with symptoms related to COVID-19 are asked to report to special stations at Glacis Health Centre, Baie Lazare Health Centre and Mont Fleuri Health Centre between 8am-12pm and 1pm-2pm. People who use these health centres for regular consultations, should go to their regional centres.