The South Sudanese President Salva Kiir carried out his first AstraZeneca push on Tuesday afternoon.
There have been debates over the past few weeks about security of the vaccine.
Barnaba Marial Benjamin, Minister for Presidential Affairs, addressed press officials in Juba on Tuesday, saying the president had taken the vaccine to lead by example. We have to take this injection, which has been taken by millions of people around the world.
“We’re not the first to get it. Yes, there are some risks, but there are more risks if you are not injected, ”he said.
Mr. Marial urged the South Sudanese to get vaccinated against Covid-19.
At the end of March, South Sudan received 132,000 doses of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.
This was the first of several vaccine shipments that should arrive in the coming months at Covax facility.
However, there was reluctance to take the shock, prompting leaders to receive the vaccine to encourage citizens to get vaccinated as well