DOWA-(MaraviPost)- Malawi Red Cross Society has dared local media to vigorously intensify sensitization campaign on COVID-19 vaccines uptake.

The appeal comes amid Malawi’s battling out with the fourth wave of COVID-19 exacerbated by Omicron variant

Health and the Malawi Red Cross Society told the media orientation on COVID19 Vaccination Best Reporting Practices in Dowa, Monday, December 27, 2021 that correct reporting will attract the general public to get vaccinated.

Malawi Red Cross Director of Programmes, Prisca Chisala urged journalists to fight against both misinformation and disinformation that is said to be causing vaccination hesitancy among the population, despite the pandemic wreaking havoc in the country.

Chisale added that the general public needs to be told the truth about the vaccines hence the orientation for updates.

The training attracted 30 journalists drawn from electronic, print and online publications

On COVID-19 vaccination, a total of 1,745,048 vaccine doses have been administered in the country so far.

Cumulatively 1,072,229 and 388,978 people have received the first dose and the second dose of AstraZeneca vaccine respectively whilst 283,841 have received Johnson and Johnson.

Cumulatively, 672,819 people are fully vaccinated in Malawi.

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