Rwanda has achieved the World Health Organization (WHO) target of vaccinating 40 percent of the entire population by December 2021, the Rwandan Ministry of Health said in a statement on Saturday.
According to the ministry, as of Dec. 24, a total of 7,556,466 of the targeted Rwandan population aged over 12, have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 5,313,421 have received two doses.
Daniel Ngamije, Rwandan Health Minister says, the target is to vaccinate 70 percent of the total population by December 2022.
Rwanda’s total population is over 12.6 million, according to the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda.
Vaccination rate also exceeded the 30 percent target Rwanda had set to achieve by the end of this year, according to the ministry.
Last week, the government of Rwanda imposed restrictions for unvaccinated people in the country, excluding them from indoor restaurants, worship places, public transport in order to minimize the spread of coronavirus and encourage vaccine skeptics to get their jabs.
meanwhile, The number of people that have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in Kenya reached 3,939,523 on Monday as more Kenyans turn up to take the jabs.
The figure was announced by the health ministry, which also noted that a total of 9,579,456 vaccine doses had been administered across the country.
The East African country has seen an increase in vaccinations over the last week as the government announced strict restrictions limiting movement for unvaccinated persons.
Health Chief Administrative Secretary, Dr. Mercy Mwangangi, announced last week that proof of vaccination will be required in public places such as national parks, game reserves, hotels, bars and restaurants. Public transport operators will also be required to demand vaccination proof for all travelers.
Kenya has so far registered 284,150 COVID-19 infections since the start of the pandemic, with a total of 5,364 fatalities. The country aims to fully vaccinate 30 million people by the end of 2022.