#COVID19: More Gabonese Turn Out For Vaccination

Citizens in some parts of Gabon are starting to take the COVID-19 vaccine after initially refusing to.

After an initial period of reticence, more and more Gabonese are volunteering to get themselves vaccinated against the coronavirus, HumAngle can report.

According to figures published June 28, 2021 by the country’s National Vaccination Committee (COPIVAC), 38,496 persons have been vaccinated with 27,837 from the Greater Libreville zone alone which includes Libreville prober, Akanda, Owendo and Ntoum.

However, the frenzy to get vaccinated by the populations in the Greater Libreville zone is not visible in other zones such as in the provinces of Ogooue-Lolo and Ogooue-Ivindo where the populations seem to be less convinced of the necessity to get vaccinated.

The national vaccination campaign was launched on the same day, March 24, 2021, throughout the national territory and figures recorded in Ogooue-Maritime and Haut-Ogooue which stand at 2,525 and 2,142 respectively for the second phase have been praised as impressive as compared to other provinces which have registered rather disappointing figures.

This is the case with Woleu-Ntem (Oyem) and Ogooue-Ivindo (Makokou) which have registered only 1,701 and 698 voluntary vaccinations so far.

Other disparities noted are between Koula-Moutou in Ogooue-Lolo and Tchibanga in Nyanga where figures stand at 448 vaccinated persons in Koula-Moutou as against 878 for Tchibanga though the two localities started vaccinating on the same day – May 17, 2021.

Moyen-Ogooue and Ngounie are cited as the zones with good vaccination adhesion with 1,131 persons vaccinated in Moyen-Ogooue and 1,116 in Ngounie as of June 28, 2021.

“Although seen as being quite impressive, these figures from Moyen-Ogooue and Ngouni rather indicate the pitiful level of Gabonese voluntarily presenting themselves for vaccination,” Akendengue Justus, a civil society activist lamented to HumAngle.

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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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