The Mozambique Government is targeting to vaccinate 59,161 health professionals in the first round of vaccination between March and April 2021.
Through the Ministry of Health, the Government is prioritizing vaccination for high-risk groups among which are health professionals. The first dose was administered from 8 -12 March 2021, and the second dose is scheduled in the interval of 2 weeks. Mozambique's National COVID-19 vaccination plan aims to vaccinate up to 16.8 million people by June 2022.
As frontline heath workers, Residents of the Mozambique Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (FELTP) are among the priority categories for COVID-19 vaccination.
“Vaccinate Yes, Prevent Always,” remarked Neusa Fataha, a resident from the 5th Cohort, of the Mozambique FELTP, echoing the MoH motto when receiving his COVID-19 vaccine jab recently. “As a FELTP Resident, I have been at the frontline of COVID-19's response since 23rd March 2020. Among my activities, was conducting case investigation, contact tracing, sample collection and data analysis.”
The outbreak and subsequent declaration of COVID-19 a global pandemic was a call to duty for all our member FE(L)TPs, with technical staff, residents, participants and other resources repurposed to support national response efforts. FELTP teams have over the last one year been engrossed in the development of national preparedness and response plans, and on the frontlines screening travelers at points of entry such as airports and ground crossing points, case finding and contact listing and tracing, supporting emergency operations centres.