JUBA – South Sudan has postponed the plan to launch its COVID-19 vaccination campaign this morning at J-1 until further notice.
There was no clear reason given as to why the COVID-19 vaccination which was supposed to start at the presidency today, was postponed.
But Georg Azania, Manager of the Extended Programs on Immunization at the Ministry of Health told Sudans Post that the event was postponed due to internal arrangements within the presidency.
“I don’t have the concrete reason but I just received information from authorities there (at J-1) that this event was postponed until further notice due to some things there. We will not tell you the reason actually,” Azania told Sudans Post this afternoon.
He said they will fix another date for the vaccination campaign within due cost of the week.
“We have not decided for another date but we will decide it within this week,” he said.
However, Ateny Wek Ateny, Press Secretary at the Office of the President said that he is not being told why the event was postponed.
“I don’t know, I am not in Juba and I am not being told about why it was postponed,” said Wek.
On Sunday, South Sudan Ministry officials announced the plans to launch its COVID-19 vaccination campaign at J-1 this morning, after receiving its first shipment of AstraZeneca vaccine last week from the global COVAX.
The Health officials said that they will give priority to the elderly and health care workers.
The vaccination will be carried out in three government vaccinations sites of Juba Teaching Hospital, Buluk Police Hospital and Juba Military Hospital.
The Ministry trained over 60 vaccinators that will conduct vaccination in phases.