South Sudan First Vice President vaccinated against COVID-19 on Wednesday, 7 April 2021.
Dr. Riek Machar takes the AstraZeneca vaccine’s first jab after Health Minister Elizebath Achuei was vaccinated at Juba Teaching Hospital on Tuesday.
He [Machar] became the first top government official of South Sudan from the Presidency to receive his jab.
Martin Gama Abucha, Executive of First Vice President’s office, said among the people vaccinated include Minister of Electricity and Dams, Hon. Peter Marcello, as well as several senior staff in the office of the First Vice President.
Dr. Machar also called the public to continue to observe preventive measures, including wearing the face mask and social distancing.
South Sudanese health workers have received a COVID-19 vaccinate rollout at Juba teaching hospital this week. The ministry of health launched the first coronavirus vaccine in partnership with World Health Organization.
The World Health Organization stated on Wednesday said it had formed an advisory committee on vaccine safety.
It stated the COVID-19 subcommittee had reviewed reports of rare cases of blood clots with low platelets following vaccination with the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine (including Covishield) since their onset a few weeks ago.
The W.H.O vowed to monitor the rollout of all COVID-19 vaccines carefully and will continue to work closely with countries to manage potential risks and use science and data to drive response and recommendations.