According to the Ministry of Health (MoH), the campaign targets residents aged 18 years and above starts with Kigali as a densely populated zone with highest infection rate in the country.
Vaccines are being administered at multiple sites across the Kigali districts of Gasabo, Kicukiro and Nyarugenge.
Mobile teams are also moving door to door to vaccinate people with mobility challenges during the exercise expected to last two weeks.
According to a statement by MoH released ahead of the third phase of mass vaccination, people who received the first dose earlier this month are also reminded to return to their respective facilities across Kigali for their second dose.
Kigali, which generates close to 50% of Rwanda’s national GDP, has been hit particularly hard and went into lockdown three times since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020.
Rwanda plans to vaccinate 30 per cent of the population by the end of 2021 and continues efforts to acquire sufficient doses through direct purchases and other arrangements, to ensure as many Rwandans as possible are protected from COVID-19.
The country has been administering other types of vaccines including AstraZeneca manufactured from the United Kingdom and Pfizer from the United States.
Recently, health officials told the media that Rwanda was undergoing discussions to start administering Johnson & Johnson and other types of vaccines approved by the World Health Organization (WHO).
On Thursday19th August 2021, the Government of Rwanda received over 200,000 Sinopharm vaccine doses of COVID-19 from China to support ongoing inoculation program being rolled out countrywide.
The Sinopharm COVID-19 doses were an addition the first batch of 480,000 Pfizer vaccines Rwanda received on Wednesday last week from the United States.
So far, Rwanda has 1021 COVID-19 deaths since the pandemic emerged.
A total of 424, 768 people have been fully vaccinated while 1,048,640 received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine since Rwanda began countrywide inoculation program on 5th March 2021.
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