National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) Trust in conjunction with the Ministry of Civic Education and National Unity has embarked on a fresh drive to lobby more people in Salima to get vaccinated against Covid-19.
The awareness follows the slow uptake of Covid-19 jabs in the district and failure by some people to observe the Covid-19 guidelines.
In an interview yesterday, Nice Trust Salima district civic education officer Queen Mataya said the campaign seeks to revive people’s interest in the vaccine.
She said: “We want to keep on reminding people that the disease is still in existence and that they should not relax the Covid-19 measures.
“However, getting the jab is a sure way to get protected from the virus.”
On her part, Salima district health promotion officer Angella Sakwata said the district have enough doses, but there was low uptake.
She said: “We have enough supplies in all health facilities, but our concern is that the uptake is decreasing every day.
“We need to convince people to take their jabs.”
Sakwata commended Nice Trust for coming up with the campaign in the district.
In his remarks, group village head Gwirize from Traditional Authority Pemba said he will encourage his subjects to get vaccinated.
“I am optimistic that we will create demand for Covid-19 jabs through the awareness campaigns,” he said.
The campaign is targeting ruralcommunities, trading centres, market days and beach villages.
According to Salima District Hospital, about 10 871 people have received the full dose of AstraZeneca vaccine while 7452 received Johnson and Johnson as of September 5 2021.