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Rwanda begins house-to-house COVID-19 vaccination

Rwanda has kicked off home-to-home coronavirus vaccinations for groups at risk of contracting the virus.

The vulnerable individuals include people who are older than 60 years or who have health conditions like lung or heart disease, diabetes or conditions that affect their immune system.​

Local leaders and community health workers will ease the exercise by collecting vital data and allocating the beneficiaries to nurses.

Beneficiaries can call a toll-free number or access community health workers nearby to get the jab.

According to Minister of State in Charge of Primary Healthcare, Dr Tharcisse Mpunga, the move was considered after the high demand for vaccines by young people.

β€œThe demand for the vaccine is very high, especially by young people. We do not have enough vaccines to inoculate 60 per cent yet, so we started with those at risk. We are hoping to get more vaccines to reach more people,” Dr Mpunga stated.

By Everlyne Bosibori

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