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USAID taskforce hints more support on Covid-19 vaccination campaign

USAID taskforce hints more support on Covid-19 vaccination campaign

THE US Agency for International Development (USAID) Executive Director for the Covid-19 Taskforce, Mr Jeremy Konyndyk, has underscored the need for the agency to increase its support in facilitating more access to Corona vaccination.

Mr Konyndyk stated that more access of the vaccination centres would avoid people to walk long distances in search of the vaccination.

The top official of the US government’s Covid-19 response is in the country for a three-day visit to observe the progress being made by the government for vaccination against the Covid-19.

During his visit in Chamwino District, Mr Konyndyk said it has come to the attention that more support was needed to bring vaccination services closer to the communities.

His visit is in recognition of the government’s progress that has been made over the past year in efforts to combat Covid -19 and an opportunity to better understand the challenges and obstacles in achieving Tanzania’s goal of vaccinating 60 per cent of its population.

In March this year, Tanzania was selected as one of countries to receive 25 million US dollars to accelerate vaccination efforts through the Initiative for Global Vaccine Access, or Global VAX.

 “There is a need to increase our support  for easy access to the Covid-19 vaccination services as the residents said they have to walk three to four hours to get the services”  said Konyndyk during his visit to Bwawani and Chalinze villages in Chamwino District to see covid-19 vaccination administering.

During his meeting with the Minister for Health, Ms Ummy Mwalimu, Mr Konyndyk advised that the Covid-19 vaccination should be prioritised to groups at high risk, such as elders and those with health complications.

Bwawani village Chairman, Mr Hosea Mselle, called for increased number of health facilities nearby so that the public could get the Covid-19 vaccination.

However, Dodoma Regional Medical Officer (RMO), Dr Best Magoma, said they have come up with mobile vaccination centres to ensure that more people get the vaccination and that Bwawani village was among those listed for the services.

Dodoma Regional Vaccination Coordinator, Ms Francis Bujiku said they were on the right track as the number has increased by 20 per cent in the past four months with 4,500 covid-19 doses a day, through the house to house campaign.

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Author: NELLY MTEMA in Dodoma

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