MBABANE: Teachers and members of the security forces including the police are among the frontline workers to receive the first doses of COVID-19 vaccines.
This was confirmed by Dr Simon Zwane, the Principal Secretary(PS) in the Ministry of Health when interviewed by editor Zweli Martin Dlamini during the current affairs program on Swaziland News audio channel.
The PS said the vaccination will start with health workers, frontline workers that include the police and teachers, citizens with underlying conditions and then general members of the public.
“The vaccine rollout will be conducted in phases, the first phase will focus more on workers who are at the forefront in the COVID-19 response programs, these are health workers. These health workers are a priority because they are the ones who are expected to implement the program by vaccinating members of the public. We also have frontline workers who are not health workers and this include members of the security forces like the police, teachers and others. We will then vaccinate citizens with underlying conditions, people who are diabetic and those with hypertension among others” he said.
The Principal Secretary advised the public to continue adopting preventive measures even after the vaccination program saying being vaccinated does not mean people should start ignoring health pre-cautions.
Teachers among the first to be vaccinated(pic: New Frame)