MOE, MOH, UNICEF, and Others launched School -Based Vaccination

By: Washington Tumay Watson

MONROVIA-The Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations International Children Education Fund (UNICEF), and others have launched a school-based vaccination.

The launch of the school-based vaccination is inclusive of the Pediatric PFIZER vaccine that will be administered to students on campus to children between the ages of five to eleven years.

Speaking during the launch of the two government ministries’ support of School-Based Vaccination, Health Minister Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah urged the parents to allow their children to come out and take their Pfizer Vaccine.

She said the vaccinators will be at the various school campus to vaccinate the students stressing that it will be prudent for parents to fully cooperate by encouraging their children between the ages of five to eleven years.

Minister Jallah said it is the parents who will make it possible for the children to take their vaccine.

She used the information to appeal to the parents to sign the consent form that will allow the children to be vaccinated.

According to her, the process will cover the entire country, but for now, they will focus on three counties.

The counties include Bong, Bassa and Montserrado.

She further disclosed that every child in a community and school across the country will receive his or her vaccine.

Dr. Jallah then thanked the United States Government through USAID for making the Pfizer Vaccine available to Liberia.

The health minister was hopeful that Liberians will use the vaccine wisely.

According to her, COVID-19 is not over yet emphasizing that it is vital for Liberians to keep taking protective and preventative measures.

Also speaking was Minister Ansu Sonii who read a joint communication indicating that the two Ministries fully support the vaccination of the children in consistence with the vision of the Liberian Government and its partners to achieve a high-optic and safe vaccine before the spear of COVID-19 a public health problem.

Minister Sonii said the Incidence Management System (IMS) Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Education Ministry and partners WHO, UNICEF, and USAID   develop a strategy to support the implementation of a parlor vaccination pediatric Pfizer vaccine.

For Her part, UNICEF Chief Survival and Development Dr. Linda Avondeng spoke on behalf of Representative Laila Gad fully supporting the vaccination of the children in school.

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