Vaccines save millions of lives each year. Vaccines work by training and preparing the body’s natural defenses – the immune system – to recognize and fight off the viruses and bacteria they target. If the body is exposed to those disease-causing germs later, the body is immediately ready to destroy them, preventing illness.
Why is vaccination important?
Vaccination is a safe and effective was to prevent disease and save lives – now more than ever. Today there are vaccines available to protect against at least 20 diseases such as diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, influenza and measles. Collectively, these vaccines save the lives of up to 3 million people every year.
When we get vaccinated, we are not just protecting ourselves, but also those around us. Some people, like those who are seriously ill, are advised not to get certain vaccines – so they depend on the rest of us to get vaccinated and help reduce the spread of disease.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, vaccination continues to be critically important. The pandemic has caused a decline in the number of children receiving routine immunizations, which could lead to an increase in illness and death from preventable diseases. The World Health Organization has urged countries to ensure that essential immunization and health services continue, despite the challenges posed by COVID-19.
Here’s how you can book an appointment for the vaccine in line with the phased roll out of the vaccination programme:
- Check Eligibility – Register to check if you are eligible to be vaccinated and book an appointment.
- Enter your personal information – Provide applicant information including government ID#, age, gender, date of birth, telephone, address, and email.
- Schedule your vaccination – Select one of the vaccination locations and book an available date and time.
- Get vaccinated – You will receive a notification about your booking by email and mobile phone provided.