Frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine:
There are several vaccines being developed. Currently more than 50 COVID-19 vaccine candidates in trials. In Seychelles, the vaccination campaign has started with the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine.
Vaccines save millions of lives each year. Vaccines work by training and preparing the body’s natural defences — the immune system— to recognise and fight off the viruses and bacteria they target. If the body is exposed to those disease-causing germs later, the body is immediately ready to destroy them, preventing illness.
Seychelles initiated its COVID-19 vaccination campaign with the China manufactured vaccine, Sinopharm on Sunday 10th January 2021. Healthcare workers, executive leaders and workers in essential services are the first groups to receive the vaccine. Vaccination will continue with workers in essential services and later be rolled out for other groups in the population.
The COVID-19 vaccines approved for distribution in Seychelles have been reviewed by the National Immunization Technical Advisory Group (NITAG) under strict guidelines. These are:
1. Available transparent safety, quality and efficacy data peered reviewed for Clinical trials Phase I, II and III
2. Manufacturer’s Product Fact Sheet for Professionals (product information for storage, distribution and instruction for use)
3. Product Fact sheet for Recipients and Carers
It is a type of inactivated vaccine administered to protect individuals against infection from the COVID-19 virus. It is given as a two-dose regimen, 2 to 4 weeks apart, through injections.
Adults aged 18 to 60 years, including individuals with chronic illnesses that are well controlled.
– Children or young people under the age of 18 years.
– Women who are presently pregnant or breastfeeding, or planning a pregnancy within the next 6 weeks.
– Anyone with allergies to the COVID-19 vaccine or other vaccines in the past. Anyone who gets an allergy from the first dose should not take it again.
– Anyone with a history of serious allergy (anaphylaxis) requiring emergency care.
– People with conditions that suppress the immune system (e.g. HIV-AIDS, on steroid medications, or receiving Chemotherapy).
– People with uncontrolled Epilepsy or other neurologic conditions.
– People with uncontrolled chronic conditions (e.g. uncontrolled diabetes or hypertension, uncontrolled heart failure, late-stage kidney disease, uncontrolled asthma).
– People diagnosed with symptomatic infection with COVID-19 should not take the vaccine and wait for after recovery.
– People who have been diagnosed, isolated, and treated for COVID-19 can take the vaccine two weeks after being declared recovered.
Common side effects are: Pain, redness, swelling, itching and/or hardening of injection site. Transient fever, fatigue, headaches, and/or diarrhea.
Other side effects include: Skin rash at injection site; Nausea and vomiting; itching at non-injection sites; muscle pain, joint pain, drowsiness or dizzine
Bring your NIN/ID card or Passport.
If you need assistance with mobility or reading/writing ask someone to accompany you
Remember to bring any medications you are taking, including over-the-counter medications and show them to the vaccination team prior to taking the vaccine
– Wear your face-mask properly at all times and follow hygiene precautions.
– Read this information leaflet well and ask any queries or concerns prior to signing the consent form and taking the vaccine.
– Follow instructions given by the staff.
The COVID-19 vaccine is one more layer of protection against infection from the virus. You could continue to practice the public health measures to keep other protected against the virus.
– You will be asked to wait at the vaccination centre for 30 mins for observation after taking your dose of the vaccine. This is to observe for any immediate side effects or allergies – report if you are feeling unwell to the overseeing health officer.
– Once home, no special precautions need to be taken. Any serious side-effects you notice must be reported to your local clinic.
– You can resume work immediately
– You must continue to take all public health precautions even after taking the vaccine as there is not enough research to ascertain whether vaccines prevent you from carrying the virus after exposure
– It takes at least 2 weeks after the second dose before the full protection from the vaccine is achieved.
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.