In a press conference conducted on Thursday 4th February 2021, the Ministry of Health has reassured members of the public that vaccination of the population with the first dose of Sinopharm will resume with a new strategy in the coming weeks.
The vaccination centres had as of Saturday 30th February ceased distribution of the Sinopharm vaccine to prepare to administer the second dose of the vaccine to people who have already received the vaccines.
A consignment of 50,000 doses of the china-manufactured vaccine arrived in the country in December 2020 as a donation from the government of the United Arab Emirates and total of 25,654 people have been vaccinated with the first dose of the vaccine.
A second batch of the Sinopharm vaccine is expected to arrive into the country soon and allow the widespread vaccination campaign to continue ensuring maximum coverage of the population of Seychelles. The Ministry of Health has set out to vaccinate 70% of the population and has vaccinated 53% of that target with the first dose of the vaccine.
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.
Members of the public are advised that their cooperation is crucial to the success of the campaign and thanked for their understanding while awaiting the second batch 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.