A statement from the Malawian health ministry said all health workers and journalists should be vaccinated against covid-19 from January, as the government tries to boost its vaccination campaign amid a spike in cases.
Official statistics show that about 641,000 people are fully vaccinated in Malawi. This amounts to just over 3% of the population, according to Reuters.
“Uptake of vaccines has not been high enough towards reaching our goal of vaccinating at least 60% of eligible Malawians by the end of next year. The vaccine remains our best preventive tool,” Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda was quoted by Reuters news agency as saying.
Malawi has detected the presence of Omicron variant last week.
The southern African country has so far recorded 62,933 cases, including 2,310 deaths.