The Minister of Communications, Science and Technology, Mr. Keketso Sello says the Cabinet has mandated the Ministry of Health to make agreement with the vaccine producers.
He disclosed this at the press conference held in Maseru on Thursday.
He said the Government of Lesotho will take a responsibility in the distribution and administration of the vaccine, adding that the vaccine was examined and appreciated by World Health Organization (WHO).
He added that with regard to the administration of the vaccine, His Majesty King Letsie III will be the first person to be vaccinated, followed by the Prime Minister, Dr Moeketsi Majoro.and Deputy Prime Minister, Mr. Mathibeli Mokhothu and the Minister of Health, Mr. Semano Sekatle
He further mentioned that the vaccine will be administered in stages that include; Phase 1 in which 430 115 which is the 20 percent of the population, saying these include health care workers, immigration workers and elderly people.
Mr. Sello added that Phase II comprises the 16 percent of the population thus 2394 000 which include factory workers, mine workers, members of the security agencies, teachers and scholars while at Phase III, 59 1000 people will be vaccinated.
He noted that the total percentage of people to be vaccinated is 65 percent.
The Minister of Communications, Science and Technology announcement follows the arrival of COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday.
By Staff Reporter: ’Maphoka Likotsi