STAKEHOLDERS GIVE THEIR VIEWS ON MANDATORY COVID VACCINATION
Written by newsroom on December 2, 2021
A Kitwe based senior citizen has strongly appealed to government through the Ministry of Health to ensure that COVID-19 vaccines are made available in all health facilities across the nation.
Mr. Livingstone Chondwe has revealed to Flava FM News that he has failed to get his second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine due to its unavailability.
He discloses that he was due to receive his second dose on 5th November 2021, after receiving the first dose on 13th October, but he has been unable to get the vaccine up to now.
And Mr Chondwe has urged the new dawn government to rescind the decision of compelling citizens to a mandatory Covid-19 vaccination.
And another resident Titus Moya has commended government for the efforts being made in the fight against Covid-19 but has appealed to Health Minister Silvia Masebo to consider engaging various stakeholders before imposing mandatory vaccination.
Meanwhile, a Catholic Priest in Kalulushi has called on the Church to play a role in teaching the people and make them understand that the Covid-19 vaccine is a need at the moment.
Father Andrew Chewe Mukosa says the new trends of Covid-19 are mutating hence the need for the church to diminish all the myths surrounding the vaccine.
Fr. Mukosha adds that the church understands that human dignity and freedom should be prioritized and that no one has to be forced to get vaccinated but the people should see the importance of getting vaccinated.
Government has clarified that the recently announced COVID-19 measures are not meant to force members of the public to get vaccinated but rather to prepare and curb the spread of the new Omicron COVID-19 variant.
By Raphael Mulenga