Gaborone, July 22 (Xinhua) Botswana has started vaccinating people aged 30-54 against the novel coronavirus from Thursday, a source from the South African country’s Ministry of Health and Wellness said.
In a statement released Wednesday, Christopher Nyanga, a spokesman for the department, said that the Department of Health and Wellness had previously informed that it expects to move to the second phase of the national vaccine deployment plan in August 2021, which will cover adults between the ages of 30 and 54 years.
By the week ending July 16, Nyanga said, some districts across the country were already receiving dwindling numbers of Phase 1 targeted people aged 55 and over.
He explained that in light of this development, the Ministry will start on July 22, 2021 to vaccinate those who fall in the second stage category, specifically those aged between 45 and 54 years, to avoid crowding in vaccination centers.
According to the Botswana Ministry of Health, this category includes a total of 765,754 people.
Official figures state that at least 173,512 people out of 1.6 million adults in Botswana have received a single dose of the vaccine, while 111,164 people have been fully vaccinated. Enditem