The Central African Republic will begin a mass vaccination of its citizens against COVID-19 in April, the country’s Minister of Health and Population has announced.
Dr Pierre Somse, who announced in Bangui, the national capital, Tuesday during a meeting to elaborate a nationwide deployment and vaccination plan against the COVID-19, revealed that the vaccination campaign’s priority targets would be health personnel aged persons and persons with comorbidity conditions.
“The immediate task now is to identify persons in these priority groups, evaluate their numbers and pinpoint where they are located,” the minister declared.
In general, Dr Somse revealed that the process would be conducted rigorously in conformity with the criteria fixed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and its partners concerning the acquisition of the vaccines against the coronavirus.
In a related development, the Minister had Monday inaugurated a voluntary testing centre for COVID-19 in the capital Bangui.
CAR constructed the centre with financial assistance from the United Nations Organisation Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).
However, April’s mass COVID-19 vaccination announcement does not seem to impress a considerable segment of the Central African Republic citizens.
“They have not yet even arranged for the vaccines, not to talk of the money with which to pay for them, but they are spending the little money they have organising meetings to prepare for mass vaccination that may never even take place. This is a classic case of putting the carriage before the bull,” Ngoumede Alexandre, a civil society activist, told HumAngle in Bangui.