Rwanda has resumed its nationwide Covid-19 vaccination campaign, including encouraging citizens to get a booster shot amid a surge in infections.
The surge in Covid-19 infections has Rwanda to do so too prompted the waiting time for the booster to be reduced from six months to three months after receiving the second dose.
In addition, additional vaccination stations will be set up as part of the vaccination campaign, including mobile websites in public places such as bus stations.
Health officials say these efforts could help tame the new and rapidly spreading variant of Omicron.
On December 29, Rwanda recorded the highest number of infections ever since the pandemic began in March 2020. with 2,083 positive cases from the 22,797 tests performed.
For the last seven days to January 4, the infection rate was 6 percent, an increase of less than 1 percent a month ago.
< p> “It is scientifically proven that people who got their booster are less likely to get seriously ill from the Omicron variant. Most patients are asymptomatic, but some have severe symptoms even with the vaccine. The Booster vaccinations give them a better chance against the variant, “said Dr. Tharcisse Mpunga, Minister of State and responsible for basic medical care.
Kigali has registered more than half of all infections in Rwanda. The complacency in complying with the guidelines and the rapidly spreading Omicron are said to be the reasons for the increase in infections.
The number of infections increases with the number of people vaccinated.
Due to vaccination orders and campaigns So far, over 5.5 million Rwandans of the 9.1 million target population have been fully vaccinated. Another 201,000 have received the booster, and more people are now taking their second dose.
The booster will be given to anyone over 12 years of age who has received the first two doses. You will be given half the usual dose of the Moderna vaccine. All doses are available in 48 locations in Kigali and some public areas of the capital, as well as in all health facilities in the country.
Despite rising infection rates, deaths and severe cases have not risen rapidly.
In the last seven days, 8,591 people tested positive, 79 were hospitalized and eight died. Three patients are currently in critical condition. Minister Mpunga Tharcisse attributes this to the vaccine, which gave people strong immunity to the virus.
Rwanda has also made it easier for the public to access Covid-19 information, such as vaccination certificates and test results, sent via cell phones can be called up using unstructured supplementary service data (USSD) codes. The price of the PCR test has also been reduced from Rwf 47,000 (US $ 46) to Rwf 37,000 (US $ 36). The quick test costs Rwf5,000 ($ 5).
As of December 20, the public has been subject to a curfew from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
All entertainment activities are off prohibited and social gatherings are limited to a small number of people. The cabinet meeting to review the current guidelines is expected to take place in a week, according to the latest communiqué from the meeting.