Rwanda administers second shot for Pfizer recipients

On 3 April 2021 at 09:17

Rwanda has started offering the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine to people who recently received Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine shots.

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 yesterday on Friday 2nd April 2021 while those who received AstraZeneca doses will be communicated on vaccination schedule in due time.

In a statement released yesterday, the Ministry of Health assured the general public that they will be vaccinated as the country receives more vaccines gradually.

“Rwanda has carried on Covid-19 vaccination campaign with two types of vaccines namely AstraZeneca and Pfizer that have been approved by WHO for emergency use. We are thankful to Rwandans for having adhered to this campaign that kicked off on March5, 2021. We can assure you that everyone who needs the vaccine will be offered it, as more vaccines will arrive in the near future,” reads the statement in part.

“The Ministry of Health informs the public that effective from April 2 to 21, 2021 Rwandans who received their first dose of Pfizer vaccine will get the second shot. The Ministry of Health sends an SMS to individuals informing them about the date of the second dose,” adds the statement.

Any individual who received the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine but did not receive an SMS in due time, may contact the Call Center (Toll free): 114 or contact the nearest health facility for more information or assistance.

The Ministry has revealed that dates for administering the second shot for AstraZeneca recipients will be communicated in coming days.

It has also reminded recipients the second dose of Covid-19 vaccine to continue observing Covid-19 prevention measures including wearing masks properly, physical distancing, and regular hand washing and avoiding large gatherings in closed areas.

Rwanda has so far vaccinated 290,000 people who received the first AstraZeneca dose while 51,000 received Pfizer doses.

Figures from the Ministry shows that the number of vaccine recipients is still low compared to targeted people. However, efforts to seek more vaccines are underway as Rwanda has bought more 500,000 AstraZeneca vaccines at a cost of US$ 1.6 million, awaiting delivery.

Inoculation exercise for the second shot kicked off in Kigali yesterday on Friday 2nd April 2021. Photo The New Times