#COVID19: Cameroon Vaccinates 100,000 In 4-Day Vaccination Campaign

The vaccination campaign has been extended with hopes that more people will be able to receive the jab in the country.

Over one hundred thousand persons were vaccinated during the four-day massive national vaccination campaign that was launched in Cameroon between July 7 and 11, 2021, the National Enlarged Vaccination Programme has announced.

According to the Ministry of Public Health, the aim of the massive campaign, which was the second since the outbreak of COVID-19 in Cameroon, was to create access to as many Cameroonians as possible to the different COVID-19 vaccines introduced in the country.

The goal of the National Enlarged Vaccination Programme was to vaccinate at least 200,000 persons during the four-day operation. 

However, figures obtained from sources within the Ministry of Public Health revealed that by the end of the day of July 11, 2021, only 106,044 persons had received the jab.

Though the figure is below the projected number of persons envisaged, it is well above what was achieved during the first massive campaign which took place from April 12 to June 20, 2021 during which only 102,371 persons were vaccinated.

The Ministry of Public Health has decided to extend the exercise by five days to July 16, 2021 to cover more people.

“These punctual massive campaigns associated with other initiatives piloted by the National Enlarged Vaccination Programme are of imperative necessity at a time when new variants of the coronavirus including the Delta variant are pointing their noses at our borders,” Dr Manaouda Malachie,  Public Health Minister said.

Dr Malachie called on his compatriots to “free themselves from the mask of distrust which they have been wearing since the beginning of vaccination operations.” 

“Before the end of this year, we shall have vaccinated 20 per cent of the population. In 2022, we envisage climbing up to 50 or 60 per cent. Within the context of the National Enlarged Vaccination Programme, this intensive campaign is inscribed in conjunction with the punctual operations which boost vaccination.” 

“Meanwhile, the routine vaccination will continue. We will also continue to visit public offices, the universities and enterprises. Our objective is to give the opportunity to everyone to avoid finding themselves in reanimation in health facilities or to die due to the COVID-19.” 

“I say this because we are sure that it would be difficult to avoid a third wave of the virus which is circulating all around us. We now have the chance to vaccinate in order to avoid this third wave.” 

He revealed that no case of the Delta variant of COVID-19 has so far been detected in Cameroon.

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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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