#COVID19: Less Than 3% Of Gabonese Have Taken Vaccines

About 80 per cent of those vaccinated so far in Gabon are men, with a larger percentage of the population not showing interest in vaccination.

More than three months after Gabon started a massive COVID-19 vaccination campaign, less than three per cent of the country’s population has so far received the second dose of the vaccine.

The Gabonese government had envisaged attaining a 50 per cent vaccination of the national population by now.

“If the operations have recently seen a relative increase in voluntary attendance at vaccination centres, it is far from attaining its objective,” officials of the country’s national vaccination programme announced.

Last Monday, the national vaccination commission announced that as of July 5, 2021, Gabon had vaccinated 43,530 persons, which is 95 per cent of the 45,719 persons who had voluntarily presented themselves for vaccination in the 24 vaccination centres across the country.

The authorities however recognise that results on the ground have fallen far short of their projections.

“The rate of vaccination coverage as of now stands at 2.45 per cent for persons who have taken the complete doses and 4.4 per cent for those who have taken just one dose so far,” the Ministry of Public Health revealed.

Among those vaccinated, 34,822 (80 per cent) are men, with only 8,708 women recipients so far. Gabon has vaccinated 3,412 persons aged above 60, 2,984 hypertension patients, and 1,043 diabetic patients.

The current COVID-19 cases in Gabon stands at 25,133 positive cases, 24,854 successfully treated cases and 161 deaths.

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