COVID-19 Vaccines Protect Essential Workers in Malawi

September 9, 2021

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Keeping frontline workers safe from COVID-19 is a priority in Malawi, where less than 3 percent of the population is fully vaccinated.


For Tamara Katuli, a health worker at Madziabango Health Center in Blantyre, Malawi, being vaccinated means she can provide the best possible care for babies and children. "This vaccine is good," she says. "It helped us because at first we were afraid of COVID-19. After getting vaccinated, we felt safe and happy."


Watch the video to see how being vaccinated gives peace of mind to a pediatric health worker in Malawi:


Malawi has received 1.2 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson and Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines via the COVAX Faciility, the global alliance formed to ensure the equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines worldwide.


As a key partner in COVAX, UNICEF is coordinating delivery of vaccines, syringes and cold chain equipment including refrigerators and vaccine carriers. UNICEF is also running community outreach campaigns that address vaccine hesitancy by debunking misinformation and stressing the safety and efficacy of vaccines.  


Everyone deserves their fair shot. UNICEF is working night and day to ensure that countries of every income level have access to lifesaving vaccines, while continuing to help children around the world survive and thrive. You can help. 


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Top photo: Senior Disease Control Surveillance Assistant Andrew Mbingwani gives Gibson Chikhasu Zulu, a teacher at Chikande Community Day Secondary School, his second dose of COVID-19 vaccine at Chikande Health Center in Malawi's Ntcheu District on June 17, 2021. © UNICEF/UN0480401/Gumulira. Video edited by Tong Su for UNICEF USA.