At least over 200,000 men have been vaccinated against the coronavirus in Gabon, according to authorities.
According to government officials, men represent 72 per cent of the Gabonese population who have already been vaccinated.
“The women folk remain reluctant towards the COVID-19 vaccine and some are afraid vaccination may affect their abilities to procreate, even as no scientific evidence to this effect has been identified,” a senior medical practitioner who opted for anonymity told HumAngle in Libreville, the capital.
As of Jan. 11, 2022, only 77,393 women have so far voluntarily presented themselves for vaccination, against the 200,233 men who have.
In total, 277,616 Gabonese have so far received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as of Jan. 11, 2022. Of this number, 13,085 are above 60 years old, while 11,231 are hypertensive and 3,123 are diabetic.
Only 2.8 per cent of medical personnel representing 7,888 persons have had themselves vaccinated against the virus, while 17,552 persons serving in the armed forces have received the jab, representing 6.3 per cent of those vaccinated.
Contrary to the 50 per cent vaccination target set by the government, only 21.83 per cent of the population have received the complete doses of the vaccines while 26.57% have received the first dose.
The current coronavirus situation in Gabon stands at 44,806 positive cases and 297 deaths.
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