Rwanda begins vaccinating inmates against COVID-19

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KIGALI, RWANDA - MARCH 05: A man receives coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine as part of the vaccination campaign for health workers and people over 65 years old at Kibagabaga Hospital in Kigali, Rwanda on March 05, 2021. (Photo by Habimana Thierry/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
KIGALI, RWANDA – MARCH 05: A man receives coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine as part of the vaccination campaign for health workers and people over 65 years old at Kibagabaga Hospital in Kigali, Rwanda on March 05, 2021. (Photo by Habimana Thierry/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

The Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC) and Rwanda Correctional Services on Tuesday began inoculating elderly inmates and those with underlying diseases against COVID-19.

The vaccination started at Nyarugenge prison in the capital city of Kigali, where 2,077 inmates are set to be inoculated, and the authorities plan to extend the vaccination to all inmates aged 60 and above and those with underlying health conditions in prisons across the country, Commissioner General of Rwanda Correctional Services George Rwigamba told journalists at Nyarugenge prison.

A total of about 12,000 inmates are expected to be inoculated in the coming days, Rwigamba said, adding that the vaccination for inmates was a welcome move as ensuring social distancing measures in prisons is a challenge.

The RBC on Tuesday said the vaccination among commercial motorcyclists and cyclists, as well as local security guards in Kigali has also started.

Rwanda Last Friday launched countrywide inoculation against COVID-19 of priority groups, including health personnel, frontline workers and those older than 65 years or with underlying health conditions, after receiving AstraZeneca-Oxford and Pfizer vaccines through COVAX Wednesday. It later extended elderly people eligible for inoculation to those older than 60-year-old as more vaccines become available.

More than 200,000 people regarded as priority have been vaccinated, according to Monday’s figures from RBC.

As of late Monday, Rwanda has recorded a total of 19,659 cases, with 17,911 recoveries and 268 deaths.

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