COVID-19: First Vaccine Given in Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA – The first Covid-19 vaccination given in Ethiopia as authorities roll-out immunisation campaign on Saturday.

“I am happy to be vaccinated but it is just another layer of protection and we should all continue to keep our distance and wash our hands,” said Dr. Tenaye Desalegn, who become the first frontline health worker given the jab in Ethiopia.



The vaccination campaign started a day after the country recorded a highest daily death toll. To date, at least 2, 510 died in Ethiopia where 172, 571 infections recorded after health officials conducted over 2.21mln tests.

‘Vulnerable group’

On Saturday, the vaccination officially begun in Mekelle, Tigray Regional State, in the presence of Health Minister, Lia Tadesse, Regional and Federal government officials.
The country received 2.2 million COVID19 vaccines, via COVAX Facility, at Addis Ababa, last week.

Apart from health workers, the first phase of the campaign will target vulnerable group of societies including persons with chronic health problems and elders.

Facilitating accesses to vulnerable community is critical in order to help prevent the number of death due to the disease, Health Minister Dr. Lia said.

Similar COVID-19 vaccination launching ceremonies have also been held today in other parts of the country including in Amhara, Sidama, Harari, Afar, and Southern Nations and Nationalities Regional States as well as City Administrations of Addis Ababa and Dire Dawa.

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