#COVID19: Only 14,000 Women Among 74,000 Gabonese Vaccinated

Unlike the number of men taking the COVID-19 jab in Gabon, women are reluctant to take the vaccine.

Five months after Gabon launched a national vaccination campaign against COVID-19, 74,720 persons have so far received at least their first dose of the vaccine.

Of this number, 59,845 representing 80 per cent of those vaccinated are men while only 14,875 are women.

According to the Gabonese national vaccination committee, since the launching of the national vaccination campaign against COVID-19 in March this year, women have been the most reluctant in going for the jab, as indicated by figures made available on Friday, Aug. 20.

The Gabonese national vaccination committee, COPIVAC as well as local and international non-governmental organisations have therefore launched an appeal to leaders of religious confessions to intensify sensitisation of their members on the importance of getting vaccinated in order to convince a larger number of them to get vaccinated against the virus.

The Gabonese government envisages vaccinating at least 50 per cent of the country’s estimated two million population. 

However, as of Saturday, Aug. 21 only 5.22 per cent of the population have taken their complete doses of the vaccine while 7.35 per cent have taken the first dose, according to COPIVAC.

Since March 24, 2021 when Gabon launched its vaccination campaign, 5,119 persons aged above 60 years have been vaccinated representing 6.8 per cent.

The country has also already vaccinated 4,397 persons suffering from hypertension and 1,434 diabetes patients.

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Chief Bisong Etahoben

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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