The National COVID-19 vaccination campaign using the Sinopharm vaccine will continue for people aged 18 to 60 years who have received the first dose in the coming weeks.
In a new phase of the campaign, people already vaccinated with the first dose of the Sinopharm vaccine will as of today Friday 5th February 2021 begin to receive the second dose.
Administration of the second vaccine dose will allow them to complete their vaccination course. In a press conference held on Thursday 4th February 2021, the Ministry of Health reiterated the importance of getting the second dose to reinforce immune response to virus.
While first dose helps the body to recognise the virus and prepares the immune system to fight off the infection, the second dose strengthens that immune response.
The campaign will continue on appointment basis as per a schedule prepared daily by the vaccination coordination team. It was further noted that there may be some changes to appointment dates as they vaccination team works to improve the strategy with some people being requested to come earlier than their scheduled appointment.
Members of the public who have already received the first dose are advised to listen to announcements regarding the vaccination schedule for when it is their turn to return to the original vaccination centre to receive their second dose of the vaccines.
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.