The Ministry of Health on Sunday revealed that Rwanda has begun COVID-19 vaccination program starting with high risk groups including healthcare staff.
Apart from healthcare workers, patients with incurable diseases like blood pressure, diabetes and asthma among other respiratory diseases are among the first group to be vaccinated in the first phase along with elders above 65 years and people whose line of duty puts them in a susceptible position.
IGIHE has learnt that Governor Gatabazi and some colleagues are among Rwandans who have been already vaccinated.
“It is true that Governor Gatabazi has received COVID-19 vaccination along with some colleagues,” revealed the source.
Gatabazi announced that he recovered from COVID-19 in January 2021 and advised the public against complacency.
In a statement released on Sunday, the Ministry of Health revealed that the country was using limited quantities acquired through international partnerships that the initial vaccination program will be followed by a wider roll-out in the same month.
Even though the Ministry didn’t reveal who received the vaccine, IGIHE has learnt that King Faisal Hospital staff and players of the National Football Team, Amabuvi are among people who have been already vaccinated.
IGIHE also learnt from credible sources that Rwanda received approximately 1000 vaccine dozes that have been already used.
Rwanda is among four African countries expected to receive the first batch of vaccines through COVAX initiative. These include Cape Verde, Tunisia and South Africa.
Rwanda recently received five ultra-cold freezers with the capacity to store all types of Coronavirus vaccines.
The fridges can store vaccines at -70 and -86 degrees Celsius. It is expected that Rwanda will have received 1,098,960 vaccine dozes by February 2021 to vaccinate 549 480 people.
Rwanda expects to vaccinate 60% of Rwandans this year estimated to cost US$124 million (Rwf 121 billion).