COVID-19: Rwanda vaccinates over 75,000 on first day

On 6 March 2021 at 11:28

The Ministry of Health has reported that one COVID-19 vaccination countrywide that kicked off yesterday saw 75,056 people vaccinated.

Countrywide vaccination started few hours after receiving three batches of vaccines including AstraZeneca and Pfizer types.

In general, vaccines were administered at 45 hospitals and over 500 health centers starting with health workers, elders above 65, community health workers, security forces and people with chronic diseases like blood pressure, diabetes among others.

The Ministry of Health has announced that the vaccination exercise continues this Saturday.

2,051 of vaccinated people are from Kigali city, 15,007 are from Northern Province, and 21,812 are from Southern Province, 20, 072 from Eastern Province while 16,114 people have been vaccinated in Western Province.

The statement released yesterday shows that a 40-year old man from Kigali died of Coronavirus bringing death toll to 267.

Among others, 92 new cases have been found out of 4534 sample tests while 69 recovered.

Rwanda confirmed the first Coronavirus case on 14th March 2020. Since then, 19426 people have been tested positive out of 1,029,747 sample tests of whom 17751 have recovered, 1418 are active cases while 11 people are critically ill.

Despite the commencement of vaccination program, Rwandans are advised to continue adhering to instituted preventive measures.

Coronavirus symptoms include coughing, flu, and difficulty in breathing. The virus is said to be transmitted through the mucous membranes of the respiratory tract.

Rwandans are urged to adhere to COVID-19 health guidelines, washing hands frequently using soaps and safe water, wearing face masks and respecting social distancing.

So far, Rwanda has received 397,000 vaccines in three shipments including 102,960 Pfizer doses, 240000 AstraZeneca doses distributed through COVAX initiative facilitating equal distribution of vaccines in developing countries as well as more 50,000 AstraZeneca vaccine donations from the Government of India.

Rwanda targets to vaccinate 60% of the population before the end of 2022.

Discussions with other countries, manufacturers and various partners are ongoing to acquire enough vaccines.