Ethiopia Starts Third Round of Covid Vaccine Campaign

ADDIS ABABA – Health officials urged the public to stay vigilant about Covid-19 safety as Ethiopia has kicked off a third-round vaccination campaign on Friday.

More than 24 million doses of vaccine have been distributed to health centers for the newly launched vaccine drive which targets 12-year-olds and above.

Health Minister Dr. Lia Tadesse urged the public to take the vaccine to “protect themselves and their communities”.

“I urge all 12 years and older to take the vaccine and those who passed 6 months after vaccination to take a booster dose,” Dr. Lia said. “The vaccine is available in all health centers.”

“Pandemic not over”

The Minister also cautioned the public to remain vigilant as “the COVID 19 pandemic is not yet over.”

There are 13, 637 confirmed active cases in Ethiopia. At least 22 of the patients have been admitted to the hospital after they become severely sick, according to the latest update.

“Sadly, we are once again witnessing increased admission due to COVID-19, and the majority are unvaccinated people,” said health minister Dr. Lia. 

Over two years ago on March 13, 2020, Ethiopia recorded its first COVID-19 case. The virus was first declared in Addis Ababa before spreading to other locations.

So far, the country has recorded 477, 748 cases, 456,587 recoveries, and 7516 deaths.

The active cases have particularly increased in the recent weeks as the rate of recoveries is outpaced by new infections.

On the same day that the vaccine drive was launched, the nation registered 736 new cases while adding only 97 of the recoveries, according to health officials’ covid update.

The health ministry urged the public to stay vigilant and get the vaccine shot while declaring the launch of the third-round vaccination campaign on Friday.

“Vaccination is critical to control the pandemic,” the minister said.  “Vaccinated people have better immunity to fight the disease, are less likely to be hospitalized, and to die from the disease.” 

In the first day of the new camping, the nation has offered 274, 428 shots of the Covid vaccine to the public, bringing the total of doses administered to more than 2.7m, according to Friday’s Covid update.  

The number of people fully vaccinated against the coronavirus has also increased by nearly 210, 000 to over 24.73m, the report shows.