The Rwandan government plans to offer free COVID-19 vaccination to citizens after the country receives the vaccine next year.

While speaking during an interview with Rwandan public broadcaster Rwanda Television, Rwandan Health Minister Daniel Ngamije said that they would start with the medics since they are at high risk

“We will start with health personnel because they are part of people at high risk of being infected, people with comorbidity as well as elderly 65 years and above. These are the groups that are a priority for getting the vaccine at zero cost,” Ngamije said in an interview with Rwanda Television.

Ngamije further added that the health ministry is working to ensure it is ready to receive the vaccine when it is rolled out and the first batch of the vaccine could be received around March 2021

While forecasting a good acceptance of the vaccination among citizens, the minister said the government is mobilizing resources that will facilitate vaccination coverage to gradually increase from 20 percent to 60 percent.

Rwanda on Friday recorded 79 new COVID-19 cases and 37 fresh recoveries, bringing its national caseload to 6,428 and recoveries to 5,826, with a total of 54 deaths

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