Health workers receive first vaccine jabs in Myanmar

28 January 2021

The government has begun vaccinating more than 3,800 health workers in different government hospitals in Nay Pyi Taw from 27th of December. State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi together with Dr. Myint Htwe, Union Minister for Health and Sports and other governmental officials inspected the first round vaccination of healthcare workers at the 1000-Bedded General Hospital in Nay Pyi Taw.


The State Councellor spoke to the media briefly saying, the public should not be left behind all the preventive measures even though the vaccination has already begun. Everyone still needs to follow the rules and regulations at the same time and the public should also remain patient for their turn to get vaccinated as the number of vaccine units is limited for now. But the government will make sure that everyone gets the vaccine jabs.

Dr. Myint Htwe, Union Minister for Health and Sports, also spoke to the media after taking the vaccine and said, “The public must not think that nothing will happen to them after being vaccinated. No vaccine can prevent us 100% efficacy, so we must continue to practice social distancing. Especially for the old aged people with diabetes if they are infected with the virus, 85% of them die. These old aged people will be given priority, even though they don’t go out, they get infected from their household members going out.”

To prevent the old aged people from being infected, the Union Minister also advised that the family should avoid having meal together with the old aged people.

It is also reported that, the nature of the virus is changing its mutation all the time, this is the reason why the public should not assume that a new form of virus can be found only if it is being transmitted, but it can also transform into its new strain of virus domestically as well.

Speaking to the media, Dr. Myat Wunna Soe, Deputy Director General for Department of Medical Services said, “When a person is to take the vaccine, first, we measure the blood pressure and then body temperature along with oxygen level in the body. After checking all these procedures, we inject the vaccine. And the vaccinated person has to wait for another 30 minutes if there will be body itching or aching, if there is no sign of these symptoms, then vaccinated person can leave. But the next 24 hours are also considered to be waiting period, if there are any impacts mentioned above, the vaccinated person will have to report immediately. As all of the vaccinated persons are all healthcare workers, they are well aware of what to do which make our work runs smoothly.”

The vaccinated persons will take the second round of vaccine after 28 days of the first vaccine jabs.