Rwanda plans to reach nine million COVID-19 vaccine recipients next year

On 4 December 2021 at 10:46

Prime Minister, Dr. Edouard Ngirente has revealed that Rwanda has received 12,900,760 COVID-19 vaccines since the country began inoculation program in March 2021 where the number of recipients is expected to reach 9 million by the end of next year.

He made the revelation on Friday 3rd December 2021 as he presented national plans to recover the economy and boost national vaccination efforts.

As at 2nd December 2021, a total of 100,381 people had caught the virus out of 3,497,196 sample tests since COVID-19 pandemic emerged in Rwanda on 13th March 2020. Of these, more than 48,000 (48%) are men while men are 51,250 (52%).

Among others, 38347 people who tested positive are aged 29 while 62,034 (62%) are aged 30 and above.

The report from the Ministry of Health shows that 98,830 (98%) have recovered while 208 are active cases including 175 patients attended to through home-based care.

Moreover, 1343 have succumbed to the virus of whom 726 (54%) are men while 617 (46%) are women.

Rwanda began countrywide inoculation program on 5th March 2021 as part of the country’s response to the pandemic where the target of vaccine recipients might be reached before the set deadlines.

“The number of vaccine recipients increases gradually as fruitful results of rolled out campaign. As at 2nd December 2021, a total of 6,065,691 people (46%) had received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine since the program began,” Premier Ngirente said.

Today, Rwanda registers 3,625,636 fully vaccinated people.

Rwanda is among countries that hit the target of vaccinating 10% of their population by September 2021 as recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Premier Ngirente said that Rwanda targets to cover 30% (3,915,533) of the population by December this year and 60% (7,831,066) by the end of next year.

“We are about exceeding these targets,” he revealed.

Increased vaccine recipients

Premier Ngirente said that the number of COVID-19 vaccine recipients are expected to reach 9,063,245 (69,4%) next year, following the country’s commitment to start administering vaccines to people in the age bracket between 12 and 17.

“All these people will have been vaccinated by December 2022 but we might hit the number before in consideration of expended efforts,” he revealed.

In Kigali City alone, more than 869,000 dwellers (89.2%) aged 12 and above have received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine while 1,032,499 have received the first dose.

The vaccination efforts in the remaining parts of the country have seen 2,755,727 (34%) people fully vaccinated while 5,033,192 (62%) have received the first dose of COVID-19.

Rwanda has been administering eight types of COVID-19 vaccines. As at 2nd December 2021, the country had received 12,900,760 doses that can be used to vaccinate 6,736,220 people excluding the booster dose.

Rwanda received these doses through COVAX, a global initiative aimed at ensuring equitable distribution of vaccines, direct purchases while others were donated by partner countries.

Rwanda plans to reach 9 million COVID-19 vaccine recipients next year.