#COVID19: Over 100,000 Vaccines To Be Destroyed As Congo Citizens Avoid Vaccination

Citizens have been reluctant to take COVID-19 vaccine jabs as many of the vaccines near expiry.

The authorities in the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville) are preparing to destroy over 100,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines as a majority of Congolese have been avoiding taking the jab.

Since the launching of a national COVID-19 vaccination campaign by President Denis Sassou N’Guesso on April 24, 2021, very few Congolese have turned up to be vaccinated.

“The vaccines the government is preparing to destroy will expire soon because the population is not willing to take the vaccine,”  a senior official in the Ministry of Health told HumAngle in Brazzaville on Monday.

“Many reasons account for the reticence of the population towards the vaccine including disinformation and the belief that there is no urgency in taking the vaccine.”

“Another reason given for the low vaccination turn out is that the rate of infections in the country is very low and the government has not been doing a great job sensitising the people on the advantages of taking the vaccine. Many Congolese see no reason for taking the vaccine,” he added.

Faced with this rather embarrassing situation, the government has within the last several days intensified communication couched on the importance of vaccination which would permit collective immunity and thus eradicate the pandemic.

So far, the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville) has recorded 12,485 positive cases of the coronavirus with 8,208 successfully treated and 165 deaths.

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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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