#COVID19: Cameroon Shifts National Vaccination Campaign To Nov. 17

This third national COVID-19 vaccination campaign comes on the heels of a third wave of the pandemic.

Cameroon’s third massive COVID-19 vaccination campaign that was initially slated to take place between Oct. 27 and 31, 2021 has been shifted to hold between Nov. 17 and 21, 2021.

According to a communique signed by Dr Manaouda Malachie, the Minister of Public Health, this third national COVID-19 vaccination campaign would be carried out in health structures and by mobile teams in public places and the communities, notably markets, worship places, chiefdoms, public offices, and business places.

Besides sensitisation communication through the national media, the ministerial communique stipulates that the sensitisation will be preceded by exchange sessions with the population and social sector actors at different levels of the health pyramid.

This third national COVID-19 vaccination campaign comes on the heels of a third wave of the pandemic which is currently ravaging the country with more contagious variants.

This third wave has forced some public administrations to impose obligatory vaccination as a precondition for access to their premises.

But, most Cameroonians are reluctant towards the vaccine. Less than 400,000 Cameroonians out of 25 million  have so far been vaccinated though the government envisaged vaccinating at least five million people before the end of the year.

The government hopes to meet this challenge through multiple national vaccination campaigns and also calling on the populations to strictly observe the barrier measures put in place to efficiently fight against the pandemic.

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