ADDIS ABABA – More than 72, 000 frontline health workers and other vulnerable groups of the community have so far been vaccinated against COVID-19 in Addis Ababa, said the City’s Health Bureau on Monday.
Ethiopia began rolling out the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to health workers in major cities of the country including Addis Ababa in Mid-March.
So far, Addis Ababa City’s health bureau announced at least 72, 646 health workers and eligible residents have been vaccinated.
Among them, the bureau said 27,109 are health workers and other frontline workers deployed in 10 sub-cities of the capital.
The bureau plans to jab at least 38, 475 health workers.
But challenges emanating from wrong perception have slowed down the vaccination effort, said Yohanes Chala, Head of the Bureau.
Lack of confidence over the safety of the vaccine has been one of the challenges being observed during the vaccination campaign, he said.
All frontline workers including health workers need to take the vaccine as its safety and efficacy are confirmed by the pertinent international health bodies, he added.
The first shipment of the AstraZeneca vaccines produced by Serum Institute of India (SII) arrived in Ethiopia on 6 March 2021 through COVAX, which facilitated the procurement and shipment of the vaccines.
Subsequent shipments of 5.4 million doses as part of the current global deployment plan are expected to arrive in Ethiopia by May 2021.
Ethiopia aims to vaccinate 20% of the population by the end of 2021.