Namibia: Vaccination Target Reduced to 1,47 Million

NAMIBIA has reduce the number of people it wants to vaccinate to 1,47 million.

This was announced by the Ministry of Health and Social Services today, in its daily Covid-19 report.

“We have adjusted the target group for vaccination for 18 years and above from 1 501 041 to 1 471 973, based on the Namibia Statistics Agency’s population census 2021 medium level estimates,” the ministry said.

The country’s vaccination rate, according to the new target is 23,7%.

According to the World Bank, Namibia’s population stands at 2,5 million, which means the total population coverage is 13,7%.

Currently, 411 801 people have received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, which includes 2 537 children between 12 and 17 years of age, while 349 302 are fully vaccinated, of which 410 are children aged between 12 and 17.

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula said the daily vaccination uptake increased by 52,7% from 2 112 on 13 December last year to 4 466 on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, 8 290 people have so far received their booster doses.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) dashboard, Namibia is one of four countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region that have not reached the 40% vaccination coverage mark.

Angola, Eswatini and Lesotho also form part of the four, while Zimbabwe, South Africa and Botswana among others, have surpassed the mark.

WHO Africa regional emergency director Abdou Gueye announced yesterday that about 50% of the world’s population is now fully vaccinated.