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Over 130,000 receive second dose of COVID-19 vaccine

By IGIHE
On 31 May 2021 at 07:34

The Ministry of Health has reported that 133,460 people have received the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine including 63,869 vaccinated yesterday.

Rwanda began countrywide vaccination program on 5th March 2021 after receiving approximately 400,000 vaccines through Covax initiative while 50,000 vaccine doses were donated by India.

The second dose of AstraZeneca is offered between 8 to 12 weeks while the second shot for Pfizer vaccine takes between 21 to 28 days.

Inoculation exercise for the second shot kicked off in Kigali on Friday 2nd April 2021.

At the time, the Ministry of Health told the general public that recipients of AstraZeneca doses will be communicated on vaccination schedule in due time.

Following a successful roll out of COVID-19 vaccination campaign that has seen 350,400 inoculated, Rwanda started a new nation-wide vaccination drive to fully immunize those who had previously received first doses of OXFORD-Astra Zeneca vaccine effective 29th May 2021.

The move came after the country received an additional 247,000 doses of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines through the COVAX mechanism, including 117,600 doses donated by the Government of France.

Since then, a total of 133,460 people have been vaccinated in two days.

Rwanda confirmed the first Coronavirus case on 14th March 2020. Since then, 26 918 people have been tested positive of whom 25 609 have recovered, 957 are active cases while 352 have succumbed to the virus.

The second dose of AstraZeneca is offered between 8 to 12 weeks while the second shot for Pfizer vaccine takes between 21 to 28 days. Photo The New Times

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