Lilongwe, 01 May, 2021 / 7:04 pm (ACI Africa).
A Malawian Catholic Church leader has sought to encourage his compatriots to receive the COVID-19 vaccine amid reported low turnout in the vaccination centers.
“I would like to encourage all of you to get vaccinated for COVID-19. Medical practitioners have advised us that albeit seeing few side effects and some few quite bad, still, it is worth taking it,” the Diocesan Administrator of Malawi’s Lilongwe Archdiocese, Msgr. Patrick Thawale, says in his Thursday, April 29 statement.
The Southern African nation has reportedly recorded a low turnout of COVID-19 in vaccination centres, a phenomenon that has resulted in the destruction of 16,000 expired doses of the AstraZeneca vaccines that had been donated by the African Union.
According to AFP News, contagious reluctance and misinformation is the reason for the reported low turnout.
In his April 29 statement, Msgr. Thawale explains that the vaccines “produce protection against the disease, as a result of developing an immune response to the SARS-Cov-2 virus.”