COVID-19 vaccination in the WHO African Region – Monthly bulletin, August 2022 – Uganda


As of 4 September 2022, a total of 235 million people in the African Region have completed the primary vaccination series against COVID-19, representing 20.3% of the Region’s population. Two countries in the African Region exceeded the target of 70% of their population fully immunized: Mauritius (75.3%) and Seychelles (76.3%).
Following a data quality control carried out at the national level in Rwanda, the percentage of people who completed the primary series was found to be less than 70%. Eight countries recorded a percentage between 40% and 70% of people having completed the primary series: Mozambique (40.0%), Eswatini (41.1%), Sao Tome and Principe (46.1%), Comoros ( 46.5%), Botswana (53.1%), Liberia (56.8%), Cabo Verde (52.4%) and Rwanda (66.3%).

Six countries have less than 10% of their population having completed the primary series: Burundi (0.1%), Democratic Republic of the Congo (3.0%), Cameroon (4.5%), Madagascar (5.1%), Senegal (6.5%) and Mali (7.5%).

Booster doses are given to fully immunized people (those who have completed the primary series) in 36 of the 46 countries in the African Region (78%). This figure includes 35 countries that have submitted reports on booster shots to the WHO Regional Office for Africa (WHO AFRO). Benin is the only country that does not have data on booster doses available at the national level. In the 35 countries that submitted reports to WHO AFRO, 13.2% of people who completed the primary series received at least one booster dose.

Data from 26 countries show that 49.7% of health workers have completed the primary series. represents 3.5% of the doses received in the 35 countries and 2.3% of the doses received in the African Region. Senegal (25.4%), Madagascar (23.3%), Algeria (18.8%), Namibia (11.3%) and Sao Tomé and Prince (10.9%) recorded the percentage higher of expired doses compared to those received.

WHO AFRO continued to provide technical and financial support to Member States to scale up vaccination against COVID-19, with a focus on the 14 priority countries to address equity gaps in vaccination coverage against COVID-19.
The support provided by WHO AFRO through its Vaccines Pillar and the efforts made by countries to improve the quality and coverage of vaccination against COVID-19 have been recognized by the Director-General of WHO and the Regional Director for Africa at the seventy-second session of the Regional Committee. for Africa which was held in Lomé, Togo from 22-26 August 2022. They urged countries to focus on reaching 100% of the highest priority groups with the primary round and assured them commitment and support from WHO.

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