The Health Ministry informs the public that the administration of the second dose of COVID-19 Sinopharm Vaccine would commence on 23rd August 2021.
The Ministry urges those who received their first dose of the Sinopharm Vaccine in July to report to Sukuta Health Centre with their Immunization Card issued during the administration of the first dose for their second dose.
“The public may note that, while [the] first dose helps the body to recognize the virus and prepares the immune system to fight off the infection, the second dose strengthens the immune response. Therefore, it is important to complete the vaccination cycle by allowing the administration of the second dose. You are only fully vaccinated after taking the second dose and that is when you can have the maximum protective benefit from the vaccine,” the Ministry of Health said in a statement on Friday.
The Ministry reminds those who received their first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine not to receive the Sinopharm Vaccine, as the second dose of AstraZeneca is due in the country today.
“The Ministry re-assures those who could not get their second eligible dose of AstraZeneca, that they will soon receive their due dose, as another stock of AstraZeneca vaccine is expected in The Gambia on Sunday 22nd August 2021,” the statement added.
The Ministry concludes by soliciting the continuous support and cooperation of the public in its efforts to contain COVID-19, and encouraging them to call the Toll-Free Number 1025 for more or other related information regarding how to access COVID-19 vaccination services.