#COVID19: Only 28% Of Gabon’s Population Is Vaccinated

Gabon Gov’t said 50 per cent of the country must be vaccinated against COVID-19 before the strict measures against the virus can be lifted.

One year after the launching of a national campaign of vaccination against the COVID-19, 28.9 per cent of Gabon citizens have so far received the first dose of vaccination against the virus.

This is a far cry from the 50 per cent envisaged by the government at this stage of the campaign.

The government said 50 per cent of the country’s population must be vaccinated before the strict measures put in place to curb the spread of the virus can be lifted.

In Gabon, citizens are mandated to undergo PCR tests and must present their vaccination cards to gain access into certain public places or authorisation to leave Grande Libreville.

As of Feb. 17, 2022, 24.20 per cent of the national population have received their complete doses of the vaccines with 245,694 persons completely vaccinated.

Among those vaccinated, 209,705 (71.48 per cent) were men with 1,385 (44.72 per cent) above the age of 60, 11,734 (4 per cent) were hypertensive and 3,213 (1.09 per cent) were diabetic.

Health personnel represented 2.82 per cent of those vaccinated, numbering 8,262 persons while members of the armed forces represented 6.06 per cent of those vaccinated numbering 17,750 persons.

Meanwhile, 536 persons have so far received booster doses of the vaccines after having taken the complete doses

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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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