The vaccine offers you the recipient, protection from severe illness and death from COVID-19. Getting vaccinated also helps protect those who cannot get the vaccine at the moment, such as children 12 and under. 

Slowing The Spread 

The vaccine reduces your risk of infection. Once you receive your shot, your body begins producing antibodies to the coronavirus. These antibodies help your immune system fight the virus if you happen to be exposed, and it reduces your chances of getting the disease.

Health System Inadequacies

The Gambian healthcare system is easily overburdened by an unusual demand for beds, ventilators, oxygen, which makes efficient care for many COVID-19 patients difficult. Getting vaccinated contributes to keeping hospitalization rates at a level our health system can cope with.

Vaccines are Safe & Effective

Reliable sources such as the World Health Organization (WHO) or the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) are great sources of accurate information. As of April, the U.S. FDA and the U.S. CDC have determined that the recommended pause regarding the use of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 Vaccine in the U.S. should be lifted and the use of the vaccine should resume.

Vaccine Waste Prevention

The Gambia received approximately 300,000 doses of the single-shot, Johnson & Johnson vaccine from a donation by the US Embassy. These vaccines are set to expire in November if they are not administered. With only a small fraction of the population vaccinated,  we urge all unvaccinated Gambians to get vaccinated to avoid the doses expiring. 

Safer Public Gatherings

According to the CDC, a person is considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after receiving the single-shot Janssen vaccine or 2 weeks after receiving the second dose of two-shot vaccines. People who have been fully vaccinated can do things that they had stopped doing because of the pandemic; such as attending gatherings. 

Vaccination Progress so far

As of today, over 171,000 Gambians are fully vaccinated. This is relatively a small number when we consider the goal of herd immunity, whereby a majority of the population is fully vaccinated. However, that means 171,000+ people were vaccinated with little to no reports of any extreme reactions or side effects. Ask a friend who has been vaccinated about their experience.

Travel Restrictions

Countries such as the US, are not allowing unvaccinated visitors who are not US citizens to enter the country. Getting vaccinated is essential for travel to many countries and is therefore encouraged.

Innovarx Global Health is proud to say that all our staff is voluntarily vaccinated, and as a healthcare institution encourage Gambians to get vaccinated. Vaccines Save Lives. 

At the Innovarx Global Health facility, we are administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and the Astrazeneca vaccine. IGH is also offering in-house & community vaccination services for the elderly, offices, churches, mosques, and other institutions where our healthcare professionals will administer the vaccines on-site.

We take multiple measures to ensure the vaccine is administered safely. Our client’s vitals are checked to ensure it is safe to administer the shot, and then the client is monitored for 15 minutes. 

To get vaccinated, stop by our facility at Fatou Golden Plaza, Bertil Harding Highway. Or call us today on +220 2866200 / +220 3866200

Leave a comment