As part of the ongoing nationwide immunization campaign, Covid-19 immunization has been narrowed down to village and family levels. The aim is to help vulnerable people who cannot reach vaccination centers and to educate those who are reluctant to get vaccinated.
Teams of young volunteers, local leaders and health experts are now going out of doors in all districts to door , Covid-19 vaccine administration. The current campaign started on January 16th. It aims to vaccinate 1.5 million people by the end of January.
“Most of the people dying from the virus are elderly people in their 60s and 70s, who are also likely to be frail to survive.” to reach the vaccination sites. We have enough vaccines and capacity to reach them and that’s what we’re focusing on now,” said Dr. Tharcisse Mpunga, Minister of State in charge of primary health care.
Five days into the campaign, 300,200 people had received their second dose of vaccination. The doses of vaccine administered in a day increased from an average of 20,000 to between 50,000 and 100,000 people vaccinated daily. As of January 20, 6.6 million people were fully vaccinated, while over 736,000 people had received their booster shots.
Decline in infections
Rwanda saw a decrease in Covid-19 infections , which had previously performed, reached a climax during the holiday season. The drop is shared by other African countries as cases fell by 20 percent while reported deaths fell by eight percent, according to reports from the World Health Organization’s Africa regional office.
Rwanda’s infection rate is now 3 percent from 6 percent in December, the daily registered cases fell from 600-900 cases registered in one day to 300-600 cases. Unlike before, when the capital Kigali recorded the highest number of daily new infections, the data shows that rural districts in Rwanda are now hardest hit.
The cabinet meeting to update the Covid-19 guidelines will be held Expected to happen soon Read Covid guidelines.
Current guidelines impose a curfew from 10pm to 4am and shops, with the exception of bars, are allowed to close at 9pm. Bars must close by 8pm.
Vaccination requirements have also been implemented in all public services, workplaces, transport, schools and public places.
< p>Media reports It has emerged that some Rwandans have fled to neighboring countries to avoid “compulsory vaccination”.
“This is mainly due to their religious beliefs. We have yet to educate these people and spread the right information about the vaccine. The cans we use are safe and shouldn’t get in anyone’s way. At that point, we all saw the vaccine’s effectiveness in reducing the number of deaths related to Covid-19,” said Dr. Tharcisse Mpunga during a virtual press conference who fled to the DRC have returned.
As of Friday, the death toll from Covid in Rwanda was 1,422, including 27 deaths in the seven days to Friday.< /p>
As of January 21, Rwanda had registered a total of 127,227 cases, according to data from the Ministry of Health, with 8,900 still active and 8 patients in critical condition.