MTC budgets N$12m to incentivise vaccinations

The telecommunications company is throwing its weight behind the health ministry’s efforts to get 60% of the population vaccinated against Covid-19 by the end of 2021.

20 October 2021 | Health



Telecommunications giant MTC yesterday launched its new VaxUp081 campaign, which is aimed at increasing vaccination numbers in the country and aiding the health ministry to vaccinate a targeted 60% of the population by the end of this year.

The project, which is a collaboration between MTC, the health ministry as well as the ministry of information, communication and technology, will commence tomorrow and run for an indefinite period of time.

“We are using the power of technology to help the ministry and to help citizens get vaccinated,” Tim Ekandjo, MTC’s chief of human capital, said.

He said MTC will give away N$12 million in Aweh packages for the first 35 000 people to get vaccinated through the new online registration platform.

The campaign will allow access to information about vaccination sites, the available vaccines and allow people to make a booking at their preferred time for their vaccine as from tomorrow.

“We are encouraging those who want to get vaccinated to get vaccinated and we want to make it easy for them to do so,” he said.

He emphasised that vaccination is a voluntary process.

“We do not want people to go around saying MTC is paying people to get vaccinated. If you don’t want to get vaccinated, you won’t get vaccinated anyway. We are speaking to people who want to get vaccinated but there are just a few hassles.”

Educating the masses

Chief commercial officer Melvin Angula said the new platform will help the ministry keep track of the number of available vaccines and how many have been reserved, which aids the ministry in its planning.

He added that it also reduces crowding, reducing the occurrence of people queuing up for vaccines.

“After the 130 000 have been incentivised, it does not mean that the campaign stops, because the technology will still be available,” Ekandjo said.

Angula added that MTC has a reach of over 97% of the population and will ensure they use this reach to spread the message, which includes educating people on the vaccines through the platform. “We are fighting against global myths,” he said.

The site can be accessed across the country, even without data or an internet connection, by using the link:

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