#COVID19: Gabon To Begin Mandatory Vaccination Of Civil Servants Tuesday

Lambert-Noel Matha, the Interior Minister, sent a message to governors to arrange modalities for vaccination.

Gabon will commence a mandatory vaccination of its civil servants on Tuesday, Oct. 5 against the COVID-19 disease.

The decision follows the spiraling number of COVID-19 infections in the country and the indifference of the citizens towards vaccination, the pace of which the government views as “very slow.”

Gabon is so far not classified among the countries in the world that have attained the 10 per cent vaccination rate envisaged as of Sept. 30, 2021 even as the Delta variant has been ravaging the country.

“The government has readjusted its repost strategy by imposing obligatory vaccination in all public administrations therefore, sweeping under the mat, the earlier principle of voluntary consent,” a senior official of COPIL who opted for anonymity because he is not authorised to speak on behalf of the committee told HumAngle in Libreville by phone.

A programme for the deployment of mobile COVID-19 vaccination teams to all the ministries in the capital Libreville will become operational tomorrow, as an itinerary to this effect has been made public.

“Concerning the interior of the country, governors of the various provinces have been charged with taking the necessary measures to put in place vaccination operations targeting senior administration officials first, notably governors, prefects, sub prefects, secretaries-general of provinces, secretaries-general of prefectures and chef clerks,” the official revealed.

Meanwhile, according to a message sent by Lambert-Noel Matha, the Interior Minister, to the governors of the country’s nine provinces on Sept. 30, the governors have been instructed to study the modalities through which the vaccination would be extended to all civil servants in the country.

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