#COVID-19: Only 6.13% Gabonese Have Taken 2 Doses Of Vaccines

Gabon has promised to lift COVID-19 measures after 50 per cent vaccination has been achieved.

Despite a target of 50 per cent, only 6.13 per cent of Gabonese citizens have so far received their complete doses of the COVID-19, vaccines while 8.29 per cent of the population have received their first dose, the government has revealed. 

Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba had set a 50 per cent target for the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination before the end of 2021.

The president had also announced on Aug. 16, that 60 per cent would be necessary before the government can lift the restrictive measures for a return to normal life.

However, as of Friday, Sept. 3, the rate of vaccination coverage in the country stood at 62,250 persons, which is 6.13 per cent of persons who have received their complete two doses of the vaccines and 8.29 per cent of the population have so far received one dose of the vaccines.

According to the Pilot Committee for Vaccination popularly known as COPIVAC, a total of 87,297 persons have presented themselves at the various vaccination centers throughout the national territory to take the jab. Of this number, 84,214 (96%) were deemed fit to take the vaccines and were subsequently vaccinated.

Among those vaccinated, 67,240 (80%) were males while 5,629 (6.7%) were aged above sixty. 4,863 (5.8%) were hypertensive and 1,558 (1,9%) were diabetic, according to COPIVAC.

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