Kigali – Forty-eight hours after Rwanda received shipments of COVID-19 vaccines, vaccinations began in earnest, with high-risk population given priority. The country plans to vaccinate a third of the population in 2021 and double that figure next year.
Minister of Health Dr Daniel Ngamije received the first dose at the launch of the COVID-19 vaccination on 5 March. Within three weeks, over 348 000 people had received their first dose.
Additional vaccination posts were set up to ease access for vulnerable and high-risk groups. Traders were vaccinated in markets and elders brought to arenas in the capital Kigali.
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