Rwanda Meets Who Year-End Target With Over 40 Percent Covid-19 Vaccination Coverage

Kigali — Of its 13 million habitants, Rwanda has fully vaccinated 40% against COVID-19 as of 24 December 2021. This coverage milestone puts the country on track for meeting further vaccination global targets set by the World Health Organization.

In May 2021, WHO Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, set three targets of which Rwanda has reached the first of 10% inoculation by September and the second of 40% by the end of 2021. Following this trend, Rwanda is set to reach the third target of 70% inoculation by mid-2022.

“This coverage milestone was not a given at first, but the Government of Rwanda stepped up. As a result, we witnessed a 30% leap forward between September and December alone.” – Dr. Rosette Nahimana, Immunization Programme Focal Point at WHO.

Between September and December, the vaccine supplies improved and over 8 million new doses were administered. The effective decentralized distribution and administration was facilitated by a reinforcement of the vaccine delivery structure from the National COVID-19 Joint Task Force to Health centers where focal points were deployed.

“Through the COVAX facility and AVAT, bilateral cooperations and direct purchase from vaccine manufacturers Rwanda saw its vaccine doses supply tripled in the past three months. A review of the target groups beyond elderly, health care workers and high-risk groups was also instrumental in increasing the number of individuals eligible for vaccination.” Dr. Albert Tuyishime, Head of Disease Prevention and Control Department at RBC.