Campagne de Vaccination de Masse contre la COVID19

In its approach to the assessment and prevention of occupational risks, the SCL has made Covid-19 an important part of its new biological risk. Covid-19. It has thus integrated it into the global, continuous and dynamic plan for the prevention of risks in the workplace even before the first positive case was reported in Senegal. Since then, the response has consisted of the application of protective measures recommended by the competent bodies (WHO, the Senegalese State, the Ministry of Health and Social Action); and well beyond that, by adapting these measures to the work environment, providing the means of compliance with these measures, and reinforcing them internally. These measures, as we know, are dominated by the wearing of masks, hand washing, good reflexes in case of coughing or sneezing, reducing gatherings and self-reporting in case of symptoms. Strictly applied and with the appropriate human and material support, these measures have proven to be effective. The arrival of vaccines has exalted those involved in prevention; for us, it is an additional weapon to ensure victory. This is why the occupational medicine department is committed to:

  • To ensure that the SCL's staff are made aware of the issue in order to encourage them to take part in the vaccination campaign: to combat preconceived ideas by creating a framework for consultation in which each worker was free to say what he or she thought of the vaccines, what he or she had heard about them and what he or she feared from the vaccine. This allowed the medical team to address their concerns in a targeted way and to convince many of them
  • Making the vaccine available at the workplace: in the world of work, and with the organisation of the health care system in Senegal, going to be vaccinated was synonymous with losing a day's work. The medical service eliminates this fact by encouraging those who were still hesitant and/or said they were very busy at work to get vaccinated. It also solves a problem of access to care in our rural areas (geographical access, access to the antigen, access to medical competence). Thus, all those who wish to be vaccinated can do so on the spot.
  • Taking care of all post-immunisation allergic manifestations: the medical service takes care of all side effects or undesirable effects of vaccines free of charge and without any risk of penalties. It is in constant contact with the specialists at the Saint-Louis regional hospital and the emergency services of the SAMU to deal with any eventuality

In this vein, the SCL has organised special vaccination days, preceded by an awareness day for all employees and surrounding villagers on 21, 22 and 29 December 2021. During this sweep, 637 people were vaccinated and nearly 500 are still in demand....