May 8, 2021

Government includes journalists in priority Covid-19 vaccine group

MISA Malawi says Government has included journalists in the priority group of people to receive the Covid-19 vaccine.

MISA Malawi engaged the Presidential Taskforce Committee on Covid-19 through the Ministry of Information requesting that journalists be among essential priority groups in the immunization process and is very grateful for the favourable response.

In a statement dated 6th March, 2021 signed by its Chairperson, Teresa Temweka Ndanga, MISA Malawi says journalists will be required to carry with them Media Council of Malawi [MCM] accreditation cards or employment Identity Cards when going to the immunization centres.

MISA Malawi says the first 360,000 doses of Astra Zeneca vaccine arrived in the country on Friday, 5th March, 2021 and the government will announce the centres and opening dates.

The organization is encouraging all journalists to get immunized, saying their job involves regular travel and interaction with others, thereby putting them at risk of contracting Covid -19.

…….”We take this opportunity to implore on journalists to responsibly provide coverage on the immunization roll out and encourage all Malawians to be vaccinated when the opportunity arises,’’…..reads part of the statement.

MISA Malawi is reminding journalists and media houses of the earlier arrangement in which journalists can be tested through their media house or there are individuals who have clear symptoms, thanking the Malawi Government for the support that it continues to render to the media industry as they are fighting Covid-19 pandemic.     

By Vincent Gunde

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