The Minister of Health and Wellness Lemogang Kwape says they are not sure when Batswana will start getting free influenza shots because orders placed at the manufacturer have not arrived yet.
This follows the announcement he recently made that government has taken a decision to offer free influenza shots to Batswana amid the Covid-19 pandemic. He had at the time mentioned that the vaccines were to be administered ahead of the winter season which is now fast approaching. Temperatures have begun dropping with nights and evenings a bit colder, this means there are high chances of some starting to cough, sneeze and have runny noses.
This week, without mentioning exactly where Botswana is buying the vaccines, Minister Kwapw said they placed orders outside the country but because there is high demand of the vaccines world-wide, Botswana is forced into a long line of those awaiting the vaccine.
“Other countries have also placed orders so we cannot skip the line but patiently wait for the manufacturer to deliver. It should be noted however that once here, priority will be given to the most vulnerable such as the elderly and children,” he said.
The minister refrained from mentioning quantities and figures but said they are prepared to buy as much as possible for the nation. Asked if there was a plan already in place on how the vaccines will be administered once here, Kwape preferred to let that bridge be crossed while at it.