#COVID19: 26,000 High Risk People Vaccinated In Gabon

Despite progresses made, several healthcare personnel have refused to take COVID-19 vaccination in Gabon.

Twenty-six thousand, three hundred and ninety-three persons aged above 60 years and those with comorbidities believed to be high risks in the face of COVID-19 have so far been vaccinated against the virus in Gabon.

While the national vaccination campaign against the coronavirus in Gabon has been met with so many hitches as a larger majority of the people are reluctant towards taking the jab, thousands of people continue to volunteer to be vaccinated, according to health officials in the country.

Figures from the committee on vaccination against the COVID-19, COPIL, indicate that as of Dec. 27, 2021, a total of 273,125 persons had volunteered to to be vaccinated and of this number, 266,899 individuals, making 98 per cent have already received at least one dose of the vaccine.

Among the volunteers, 26,303 individuals were persons judged to present risks namely, 12,482 persons aged above 60, 10,858 hypertensive persons and 3,053 diabetics.

The country’s health authorities have also revealed that by the end of 2021, 207,681 persons have voluntarily received the complete doses of the COVID-19 vaccines.

So far, 20.46 per cent of the Gabonese population have received their complete doses of the vaccines while 25.59 per cent have received the first dose, all these as against 50 per cent envisaged by the government by the end of 2021.

However, health personnel who are supposed to encourage the populations to get vaccinated have been very reluctant towards getting vaccinated.

Only 2.8 per cent of them, making a total of 7,586 persons have so far gotten themselves vaccinated while 6.5 per cent personnel of the armed forces numbering 17,360 persons have been so far vaccinated.

In spite of the low figures, the government still considers the COVID-19 vaccination campaign a success and hopes that the number of persons vaccinated will considerably increase in 2022.

Meanwhile, the COVID-19 situation in Gabon currently stands at 41,798 positive cases and 288 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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