Government has recognised journalists as frontline workers in the fight against COVID-19 thereby allowing them to be among the first recipients of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
In a statement issued by MISA Malawi Chairperson Teresa Ndanga today, the journalists’ body has expressed gratitude to the ministry of information for the consideration.
“MISA Malawi engaged the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 through the Ministry of Information requesting that journalists be among essential priority groups in the immunisation process and we are very grateful for the favourable response,” said Ndanga.
In this arrangement, journalists will be required to carry with them Media Council of Malawi (MCM) accreditation cards or employment identity cards when going to the immunisation centres.
The first 360, 000 doses of AstraZeneca Vaccine arrived in the country yesterday- Friday, March 5, 2021 – and the government will announce the centres and opening dates in due course.
MISA Malawi has since urged journalists to get vaccinated noting their job involves regular travel and interaction with others thereby putting them at risk of contracting COVID-19.
“We also take this opportunity to implore on journalists to responsibly provide coverage on the immunisation rollout and encourage all Malawians to be vaccinated when the opportunity arises.”