Against COVID-19, the vaccine is more relevant than ever!
Dalvis, a popular singer from Northern Madagascar and Andry Lalaina Andriamasy, editor-in-chief of a television channel in the capital confirm the importance of vaccination.
"I came close to dying," recalled Andry Lalaina Andriamasy, professional journalist. It was during the first wave of the pandemic on June 2020. It took more than 10 days for the symptoms to disappear and for me to try to quickly regain better health. "I followed all the protocol from home. I thank heaven for being back on my feet and being able to resume the course of my life," he said. He did not escape a relapse during the second wave. Again affected by the disease, the situation was however no longer the same since in the meantime, he received his doses of vaccine. "I did not hesitate one second because it allows me to have a more peaceful mind and nerves of steel to face all the symptoms and not to experience a serious form of COVID-19. But, I also feel freer and safer to move around. However, I continue to respect barrier gestures when there are crowds because vigilance is always a good thing," he says. Andry Lalaina and his wife are now aiming for a full immunization scheme. He even intends to have his 2 boys vaccinated as soon as the State authorizes the vaccination of children under 18.
"Getting vaccinated is a matter of reciprocity: the responsibility to protect yourself and others," says Dalvis. This singer from the North voluntarily lent his voice to the awareness of the population of Nosy-Be so as to encourage them to get vaccinated. He has never been infected with COVID-19 since the onset of the disease, but he is nevertheless aware of the importance of this gesture: he is one of the first people to have joined the COVID-19 vaccination centres. "As I am a singer, I often go on tour. The borders, especially in Europe, are closed to me if I do not have my vaccination card," he said. As an artist and therefore a message carrier for society, he sets himself up as a model for his fans in order to adopt the healthiest behaviours. "I encourage vaccination as much as I can because I find it difficult and less safe to perform before an audience which is not protected. We are going to live with this virus for the next few years, anyway. You may as well take every precaution now to stay healthy and protect others," he concludes.
For the past few weeks, confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been on the rise, particularly in the capital where the majority of patients are recorded. UNICEF continues its efforts to ensure that vaccines reach as many people as possible: the organization contributes in particular through the purchase of vaccines, their delivery from production sites to the various districts or their conservation.