WINDHOEK, Dec. 01 — Namibia’s Health Ministry on Tuesday announced the introduction of an additional primary dose of Sinopharm vaccine to persons who have already completed their vaccination schedule.
According to the announcement, Namibia’s Executive director of Health and Social Services. Ben Nangombe said the move is based on the WHO Strategic Advisory Group of Expert (SAGE) interim recommendations for use of the inactivated COVIDI-19 vaccine BIBP development by China National Biotec Group (CNBG), Sinopharm.
Nangombe said the third dose will be administered 168 days after the second dose to all adults 60 years and older, moderately to severely immunocompromised persons including those with active cancer, transplant recipients, those on active treatment with immunosuppressives, people with HIV not on treatment on not virally suppressed.
Furthermore, he said in addition, all individuals 18 years and older who have completed a two-dose schedule of vaccination with Sinopharm and seeking to get vaccinated with the third dose of Sinopharm must not be turned away.
“The third dose administered must be recorded on the vaccination card. The ministry is collating evidence on other vaccine boosters and will keep the public informed in due course,” he said.
Meanwhile, 307,891 people have completed their COVID-19 vaccinations of which 147,366 have been vaccinated the Sinopharm vaccine doses. (Xinhua)