BY GETAHUN LEGESSE
ADDIS ABABA – Over 82 ,000 vulnerable health workers and other segments of the society have been vaccinated against COVID-19, Addis Ababa City Health Bureau announced.
The Bureau ‘s Mothers and Children Services Director Bethlehem Taye told the Ethiopian Press Agency(EPA) that the first round vaccination has been offered to about 27,000 health workers and 50,000 patients with multiple chronic diseases.
Bethlhem said that taking COVID -19 vaccination by itself is not good enough ,the community should avoid negligence and apply all the necessary precautionary measures against the pandemic .
“ It is true that the Ministry of Health has been carrying out nationwide vaccination campaigns but, it could not reach out to all citizens due to the imbalance between demand and supply.”
National COVID-19 Vaccination Task Force Director Meseret Zelalem (Ph.D), on her part said that the Ministry of Health has shared the total of 2.2 million COVID-19 vaccines among all states and city administrations of the country.
Meseret added that the ministry has planned to vaccinate 3 percent of the total population of the country though shortage of the vaccination has exhibited since the amount received is less than expected.
She noted that the demand for the vaccination has exceeded the supply as only a total of 2.2 million COVAX vaccines received nationally and shared among over 110 million people of the country.
The campaign has given priority for health workers, elders rehab centers, and supporting staff as they are potentially vulnerable to the virus, as to her.
Realizing the rise need, the ministry has been successful in securing about 350, 000 additional COVAX vaccines from the Chinese government.
The pandemic is highly communicable as about 150,000 people of the city have contracted the virus, of which over 2,000 have passed away as the virus is now spreading at an alarming rate, she added.
The vaccinated citizens need to wear mask, sanitize hands properly, and keep distance as the death toll is hiking over time, it was learnt.
The Ethiopian Herald 16 April 2021