#COVID19: Gabon Vaccinates 7,000 Persons In One Month

The Gabon government has vaccinated at least 7,000 citizens using the chinese Sinopharm variant of the vaccine.

Since the national campaign for COVID-19 vaccination was launched on March 23, over 7,000 persons have so far been vaccinated in the Estuaire, Haut-Ogooue and Ogooue-Maritime provinces of Gabon.

Although some people have expressed reservations as to the efficacy and safety of the vaccines, sources in the country’s Ministry of Health disclosed that they were satisfied with the willingness of the people to get vaccinated, especially in Libreville, the capital, where 6,286 persons already received the first dose of the Sinopharm vaccine donated by the Chinese government.

In the provinces where the vaccination campaign started one week ago, there has been a high interest among the population to get themselves vaccinated.

In Haut-Ogooue province, 236 persons voluntarily had themselves vaccinated as of April 23, while 373 individuals have been vaccinated in Ogooue-Maritime.

According to health authorities in the country, as of Sunday, April 25, 6,895 persons had been vaccinated against COVID-19 in the country out of the 7,279 persons who had voluntarily registered to be vaccinated.

As observed during the first week of the vaccination campaign, men are more motivated to take the vaccine than women.

The national vaccination committee has assured that so far, no complications have been registered among those already vaccinated.

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