The exercise took place on Friday 5th November 2021 at Nyundo Health Center and the vaccination site at the Rubavu-Goma border post, commonly known for its French alias as ’Petite Barrière’.
Artistes who participated in the campaign include Andy Bumuntu, Alyn Sano, Jules Sentore, Patient Bizimana, Mani Martin, Peace Jolis and Miss Rwanda Grace Ingabire.
It was organized by Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC) in partnership with Mastercard Foundation.
Residents commended the campaign highlighting that it is significant for them to increase efforts meant to contain the spread of the pandemic and help the country return to normal situation.
“It has proven that Rwandan artistes stand with us to fight COVID-19. Besides, I am excited to see my favorite singer, Andy Bumuntu and Peace Jolis,” said Assouma Uwase.
Another resident, Yevani Ntawushiragahinda pledged to beef up efforts to contain the spread of the pandemic.
“I have received COVID-19 vaccine shot but it won’t provide loopholes for complacency. I remain committed to keep wearing a face mask and observe other instituted measures until the pandemic is defeated. People should take part in the vaccination campaign willingly to save their lives and protect other members of the community,” she said.
Miss Ingabire and other artistes who spoke to IGIHE, requested Rwandans continue participating in the vaccination campaign and stand against people spreading rumours on COVID-19 vaccine.
“I am among recipients of two COVID-19 vaccine shots. My message goes to unvaccinated people encouraging them not to be left behind because the vaccine is helping us to return to normal situation gradually. It is evident that we will fully recover from effects of the pandemic once everyone is vaccinated,” noted Alyn Sano.
Over 95,000 have been vaccinated in Rubavu district.
The Director General of Gisenyi Hospital, CSP Oreste Tuganeyezu has said that the vaccination efforts in Rubavu district are on good progress. He explained that the vaccine exercise which began with members of the elderly, people with chronic diseases and other workers whose line of duty put them at risk to catch the virus; has been extended to residents aged below 18.
“Today, we have fully vaccinated 64,681 residents while 96,450 have received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine during the ongoing exercise. We encourage residents to seize the opportunity and participate in the mass vaccination campaign because we can only defeat the pandemic if we remain shun complacency altogether,” enthused CSP Tuganeyezu.
Andy Bumuntu also thanked organizers of the campaign and urged all Rwandans to get COVID-19 vaccine to help the country defeat the pandemic.
The artistes featured in the song ‘Tuzatsinda’ translated as ‘We shall win’ encouraging Rwandans to fight against COVID-19.
During the exercise held in Rubavu, the artistes also helped residents to fill their vaccination forms.