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City health care workers trained to give Covid-19 vaccine

​Vaccination training of eThekwini Municipality health care workers is underway and progressing smoothly. Nontuthuko Dlamini, Manager for Quality Assurance and Training said the training is intended to equip vaccinators with the knowledge and skills to ensure safe and efficient Covid-19 vaccine administration.

“We are training professionals who already know the basics of how a vaccine is given. This training therefore provides knowledge about the new vaccine, how it works, how it is stored and how to manage any possible side effects,” said Dlamini.

She said it is normal for health care workers to undergo training when administering vaccines. “Whenever there is a new drug being introduced, as is the case with the Covid-19 vaccine, there’s always in-service training to equip health care workers with knowledge. This is done because vaccines are not the same and are stored at different temperatures,” she said.

Other aspects being covered during the training include maintenance of temperature, alternatives for unexpected power failures and record keeping. “Each facility will have vaccinators, including stand-ins, when members are not available. We want to ensure that we roll out the vaccination programme smoothly without any glitches and delays,” she said.

Dlamini said health care workers who have attended the training have shown an eagerness to learn and be equipped with accurate information about the vaccine, given the misconception and misinformation surrounding the vaccine in communities.

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