COVID-19:Bike Riders Join Vaccination Train

Bike riders

They turned out in their numbers yesterday at the Yaounde Multipurpose Sports Complex to receive the vaccine as they were equally sensitized against the disease

Bike riders in the seven sub divisions of Yaounde on Sunday, June 6 turned out in their numbers at the Yaounde Multipurpose Sports Complex to receive their dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Informed at short notice, most bike riders in Yaounde organised themselves according to groups from their various neighbourhoods to go for the exercise.

“I was informed about the vaccination late on Saturday evening by the President of our unit who advised us to get mobilized and go for the vaccine. I have never had time to go for the vaccine but I think this is the appropriate time and a laudable initiative,” Hypolyte Kamga, a bike rider in the Biyem Assi neighbourhood said.

Gathered at the Yaounde Multipurpose Sports Complex for the exercise, the bike riders were sensitized on the importance of the vaccine and the need to encourage others to go for it. Given that they regularly come in contact with persons, making them vulnerable and equally a vector of transmission, the bike riders were cautioned by the health worker to continue respecting barrier measures.

The vaccination of campaign riders falls in line with moves by the Ministry of Public Health to adopt a more aggressive measure to get the population vaccinated against the COVID-19.

Over a week ago, the vaccination drive was extended to persons aged 18 and above, immediately boosting the number of persons vaccinated by 25,000.

According to Dr Andreas Njoh, Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Expanded Program on Immunization, efforts need to be doubled to improve the vaccination coverage and help reduce the spread of the virus nationwide.

According to figures tweeted by the Minister of Public Health, as of May 26, a total of 66, 615 vaccines had been administered in two months since the operation started; 40,103 doses of the Sinopharm vaccine and 26,515 doses of the AstraZeneca.

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