The Ministry of Health (MOH) through the Margibi County Health Team (MCHT) has disclosed plans of launching the Johnson and Johnson (J&J) vaccines in Margibi County.
The advocacy, social mobilization, and community engagement coordinator of the Ministry of Health Risk Communication Pillar, Wilson T. Gaye said the vaccine will be launched on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, and immediately begin administering it to residents.
Mr. Gaye stated that the vaccines will be administered at various public and private health facilities across the four health districts such as Kakata, Gibi, Firestone, and Mamba Kaka respectively adding that it will run-up to December 2021.
He also named the Kakata Health Center, J.J. Korhene Health Center, Yeamai Health Facilities, Weala Community Clinic, Yarnwullie Clinics, Charlesville Health Center, Cotton Tree Health Center and the Barcolleh Health Center amongst others as host facilities for the vaccines.
According to him, the J&J vaccine will be administered to people from 18-years and above, pregnant or breastfeeding mothers, people with medical conditions: high blood pressure, diabetes and HIV amongst others.
He clarified that the J&J vaccine will be available for those who have not taken any Covid-19 vaccine such as the AstraZeneca vaccine stating that the J&J is a one-dose vaccine.
Additionally, Mr. Gaye revealed that more AstraZeneca vaccines are available for those who need their second shot.
He encouraged residents of Margibi County to get vaccinated adding that the vaccines are safe, effective, and are used Worldwide.
He disclosed at a stakeholder meeting held at the Compound of the C.H. Rennie Hospital in Kakata on Wednesday, September 1, 2021.
Mr. Gaye however, said the meeting was aimed at informing representatives of the different institutions about plans for the launching and roll-out exercises of the vaccines.
In addition to that, Wilson said the gathering was meant for the stakeholders to help eradicate the misinformation and resistance from the citizens regarding the vaccines and tell them about their importance.
He urged stakeholders who attended the meeting to spread the message to the larger society.
The meeting brought together local county officials, media representatives, community leaders, and the Liberia Marketing Association.