695 Citizens Receive Booster COVID-19 Vaccine Doses In Gabon

As at Feb. 21, 2022, only 695 Gabonese have turned up at vaccination centres and effectively received their booster doses.

At least 695 Gabonese have so far received booster (third) COVID-19, out of the 247,000 nationals who have received their full doses of the vaccines.

According to the country’s National Vaccination Committee, popularly known by the French acronym COPIVAC, since the beginning of Jan. 2022 that the campaign for booster COVID-19 doses started.

The national sanitary authorities reveal that so far, 294,419 eligible persons have received their first and second doses of the vaccines.

Among this number of persons, 13,947 are aged above sixty, 11,762 are hypertensive, and 3,223 are diabetic. Of those vaccinated, 8,290 (2.82 per cent) are health personnel while 17,764 (6.04 per cent) are defence and security personnel.

As at the beginning of last week, the percentage of people completely vaccinated against COVID-19 in the country stands at 24.34 per cent while the number of those who have received the first dose stands at 29 per cent, both of which are a far cry from the 50 per cent envisaged at this point in time by the National Vaccination Committee.

Currently, Gabon has 47,534 positive cases and 303 deaths.

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Chief Bisong Etahoben

Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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