Covid-19 vaccination uptake |03 March 2021
35% of targeted population vaccinated
According to statistics recorded and published by the Ministry of Health, by Monday March 1, 24,230 persons (or 35% of the targeted population) have been vaccinated with the Sinopharm and Covishield vaccines.
The figures also show that 55,901 people have taken the first dose of either Sinopharm or Covishield representing 80% of the targeted population vaccinated.
When we have an overview of the number of people vaccinated in Seychelles, 57% of the population have taken the first dose out of 98,462 and 25% of the population have completed dose 1 and 2.
In the latest press conference, Dr Gédéon noted that we will not reach herd immunity by the end of March as forecasted. “We have various reasons for that. Currently people under 18 are not able to take the vaccines and many people are not coming forward to take the vaccines. But we are on the right track.”
As of March 1, 28,966 inhabitants have been administered the first dose of the Sinopharm vaccine, of whom 24,226 had also received the second dose, meaning that they have completed the vaccination process. As for Covishield, 26,935 had been vaccinated by Monday.
According to World Health Organisation, it is important to get vaccinated. The Covid-19 vaccines protect against the disease, as a result of developing an immune response to the SARS-Cov-2 virus. Developing immunity through vaccination means there is a reduced risk of developing the illness and its consequences. This immunity helps you fight the virus if exposed. Getting vaccinated may also protect people around you, because if you are protected from getting infected and from disease, you are less likely to infect someone else. This is particularly important to protect people at increased risk for severe illness from Covid-19, such as healthcare providers, older or elderly adults, and people with other medical conditions.