ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, October 16, 2021 / APO Group / –
With the support of the US Peace Corps, the Mantasoa CSB II yesterday launched its vaccination campaign against COVID-19. The campaign provides free Johnson & Johnson vaccines – a donation from the US government – to approximately 4,000 community members in the 11 Fokontany of Mantasoa.
“It’s great that we are able to vaccinate the people of Mantasoa, because they have always supported our Peace Corps training center and our volunteers in Mantasoa,” said Dr Tahiry Raveloson, a Peace Corps physician.
The Peace Corps campaign began with training on how to run COVID-19 vaccine awareness campaigns and run vaccination clinics. Nearly 20 community health workers (CHWs), the 11 presidents of Fokontany and 32 Peace Corps staff attended.
“I would like to thank the doctors, community workers (CAs) and members of the Peace Corps who helped with the awareness raising and the vaccination effort in each Fokontany,” said Rakotozafy Jean Pierre, the mayor of Mantasoa. “Thanks to this, people are lining up to get vaccinated, starting with the Chief of Fokontany. “
Until November, Peace Corps personnel and CAs will conduct an awareness campaign to promote the vaccine and address questions and concerns. They will also run local vaccination clinics in each Fokontany. For example, Peace Corps and CSB staff organized a vaccination clinic in Andrefanivorona on October 14 and another in Masombahiny on October 15.
Since the campaign launched on October 3, there has been a dramatic increase in vaccinations, with 233 people vaccinated to date.
“At first I was very hesitant to get the vaccine, like almost everyone in rural areas, but after the awareness raising and some information I got about J&J, I got the vaccine,” said Rakotomalala Raymond, president of Fokontany Andrefanivorona.
This vaccination campaign is just one of the ways the United States is supporting the global effort to expand and intensify the fight against COVID-19 abroad, respond to humanitarian crises exacerbated by COVID-19, and support a global recovery while preparing for future pandemic threats. .
The US government has been a major partner in Madagascar, standing side by side as “mpirahalahy mianala” to respond to the plague, measles, malaria and COVID-19 epidemics. The United States remains the largest donor to the health sector in Madagascar, having provided $ 74.5 million in 2020 alone to strengthen the country’s health system.
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