#COVID19: Less Than 5,000 Persons Vaccinated From Targeted Priority Groups In Gabon

Despite efforts to help people most vulnerable in Gabon to take the COVID-19 jab, several people are reluctant.

Four months after the launching of the vaccination campaign against COVID-19 in Gabon, less than 5000 persons from among the targeted priority groups have so far been vaccinated.

According to figures from the National Vaccination Campaign Against COVID-19, since March 24, 2021 when the campaign was launched, only 6.6 per cent of hypertensive persons have received the jab and only 2.3 per cent of persons suffering from diabetes have so far been vaccinated.

Dr Guy-Patrick Obiang Ndong, Gabonese Minister of Public Health,  says the country is not proud of the results so far registered during the vaccination campaign because the objective to vaccinate 50 per cent of the population is far from being achieved.

The minister however said “our figures are encouraging,” revealing that in the area of vaccination, Gabon ranks second after Equatorial Guinea in the number per capita of people already vaccinated in the Central African sub region.

Declaring that “we can do better,” the minister said persons within the targeted priority groups have not been enthusiastic in taking the jab.

Figures released by the national vaccination campaign indicate that so far, 3,731 persons aged 60 and above have been vaccinated, constituting 7,7 per cent of the 48,639 persons vaccinated in the country. 3,225 hypertensive patients as well as 1,119 persons suffering from diabetes have at least received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

As compared to the 50 per cent projected vaccination coverage of the total population, just 3.01 per cent of the population have received the complete dose while 4.85 per cent have received their first jab.

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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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