Zambia encourages women to be active in getting COVID-19 vaccine jab

2021-05-04 15:55:33 GMT2021-05-04 23:55:33(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

LUSAKA, May 4 (Xinhua) -- The Zambia government on Tuesday assured women in the country that there are no negative effects on their fertility if they take the COVID-19 vaccine, calling on them to disregard myths in this regard and be active in getting vaccinated instead.

Minister of Health Jonas Chanda said out of 51,784 people who have been vaccinated since the launch of the vaccination program last month, only 37 percent were women.

"We are aware of the concerns of our nursing mothers and those planning pregnancy that the vaccine affects the breastfeeding children and fertility respectively," said the official, who suggested that women should disregard myths that the vaccine could affect the breastfeeding children and deter their fertility.

He appreciated people who have heeded the call to take the vaccine in order to protect their health and dispelled assertions that the second dose for those vaccinated in the first phase may not be available.

According to him, the government has placed a high premium on public health security and focused on ensuring a steady acquisition and deployment of vaccines.

Meanwhile, the country's cumulative COVID-19 cases stand at 91,804 following 82 new cases recorded in the last 24 hours. The new cases were found from 4,998 tests done while 36 patients were discharged, bringing the total recoveries to 90,166.

The country recorded one death, bringing the total COVID-19-associated deaths to 1,254. Enditem