Botswana plans to start rolling out the COVID-19 vaccination to adolescents aged 12 to 17 early next year, an official said on Friday.
“We want the Batswana and the residents of Botswana to know that the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, driven by the growing variant of Omicron, has started knocking on our door,” Botswana Minister of Health said and Well-being, Edwin Dikoloti, during the deliberation of a special festive message. in Gaborone, the capital of Botswana.
Botswana has recorded 148 cases of the Omicron COVID-19 variant as of December 16, according to Dikoloti, saying incidents are on the rise in the southern African country.
As the government of Botswana takes decisive action to stop the spread of the disease by bringing in more vaccines to immunize adolescents, Dikoloti urged Botswana citizens and residents to vaccinate in large numbers and adhere to health protocols.
Although adolescents are less likely to suffer from the severe effects of COVID-19, many health officials say it is important to vaccinate them to keep schools open and to prevent them from becoming a reservoir of the virus in the as adult populations become immune.
So far, at least 79.6 percent of Botswana’s adult population aged 18 and over has been fully immunized.