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Over 35k get vaccine in one week

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…NACOSEC pleased with increased numbers of vaccinated

Ntsoaki Motaung

Threats carried in the Prime Minister Dr Moeketsi Majoro’s October 10 national address on the state of Covid-19 in the country seem to have paid-off as more people are said to have come forth to take up the covid-19 vaccine, this according to the National Covid-19 Secretariat (NACOSEC).

In his address a fortnight ago, the Prime Minister indicated that there are some services that people will access only when they have vaccinated and are able to provide proof or vaccine certificates alongside their National Identity Document, as of the first day of November.

The aversion was made by NACOSEC Chief of Staff Thabo Ntoi, who indicated that since the Premier’s statement, there has been an increase in the number of people who get vaccinated from last week.

“In our epidemic week 40 we had 442, 713 people who had vaccinated, that is 22.1% of the population. However, as we speak on our 41st epidemic week we have 478, 182 which is 23.9% of the population who have vaccinated meaning the numbers have increased by 35, 407 people.

“A lot of people normally wait for times when they have no choice but to do something. Now that there are some services that someone cannot access if they have not vaccinated we see many people getting the vaccine,” he said.

Ntoi urged more people to come out of hiding and vaccinate, because it is when there are bigger numbers of people vaccinated that the economy could be opened and things back to normal.

“The numbers of people who have vaccinated are enough for us to relax those activities that are regarded as super spreaders allowing only people who have vaccinated to them as the Prime Minister has already announced. But we still appeal to people to get vaccinated as there is never a time we are going to stop the vaccination process,” he said.

Meanwhile, Head of the Statistics Research Department of the Central Bank of Lesotho who is also from the Socioeconomic Unit NACOSEC Retšelisitsoe Mabote, indicated that, the number of people who have vaccinated can help in bringing back the economy of the country.

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