Lusaka, 14 July 2022 (TDI): The US Agency for International Development (USAID) has begun driving COVID-19 vaccinations to the Zambian communities.
USAID has partnered with community health workers from the Initiative for Global Vaccine Access (Global VAX) and the Ministry of Health of Zambia on a COVID-19 vaccination initiative.
For many Zambians, a trip to get a COVID-19 vaccine is out of the question; the journey is expensive, long & tiring. Community health workers from #GlobalVAX & USAID are working with @mohzambia to take the vaccine to people in the heart of the community. https://t.co/0IkpV39jbu
— USAID (@USAID) July 13, 2022
The US agency reported that it has become difficult for Zambian citizens to get a vaccine for COVID-19. The journey to be vaccinated has become long, tiring, and expensive.
Therefore, USAID, Global VAX community workers, and the Zambian Ministry of Health are taking the COVID-19 vaccinations to the people in the heart of the community.
Global VAX’s role in promoting COVID-19 vaccination
The Global VAX has assisted in training tens of thousands of Zambian community health workers under the USAID DISCOVER-Health Project.
These real heroes of the community are now navigating areas while interacting with residents and encouraging vaccinations.
In addition, the Global Vax vaccination teams are visiting markets, universities, bus stops, and religious sites. They are promoting COVID-19 vaccination and providing the shots to people.
Global VAX is assisting Zambia in identifying and swiftly overcoming the difficulties of vaccine access. It has increased support and improved global cooperation to ensure the vaccination of many people.
The Global Vax team has spearheaded campaigns with the frontline ground troops of Zambia’s national COVID-19 vaccination team. In light of this, the team has gained respect from the community members.
The team has been educated to deliver timely, reliable information to encourage individuals to choose vaccination wisely and find a safe course of action for themselves and their families.
In this regard, USAID has paired community health workers with vaccine suppliers. As a result, the vaccination team functions as a unit, and they are equipped to provide COVID-19 shots on the spot.
COVID-19 developments in Zambia
Zambia has begun its booster shot campaign. Youth aged 12 to 17 are now eligible for vaccinations in Zambia.
Expanding age eligibility has resulted in millions more people in Zambia needing vaccinations. This is despite the country’s comparatively youthful population.
Furthermore, USAID and the community health workers have influenced and changed attitudes in the Zambian communities. As a result of this, Zambia has moved closer to its vaccination goal to stop the COVID-19 outbreak.
Moreover, Global VAX, in collaboration with USAID, aims to help achieve the global target of immunizing 70% of the population against COVID-19 by 2022.