At least 500 people living in Cameroon’s Centre region have registered as volunteer to take the anti-COVID-19 vaccine in the side line of the national immunization campaign against the deadly virus.
According to reports, an online platform was put in place by health officials in the centre region to come up with a survey of people willing to take the vaccine and so far results of the survey indicate about 500 have registered for it.
The target of this survey included health personnel (principal target), people aged above 55 years, those above 50 with health issues including hypertension and diabetes, vulnerable people and security personnel.
As of today, not less than 100 volunteers have already been immunized against the COVID-19 virus.
Immediately after receiving a first contingent of 200,000 doses of the Sinopharm vaccine as gift from the Government of the People’s Republic of China, the Government of Cameroon launched the immunization campaign, with the Minister of Public Health receiving the first dose.
The campaign which kicked started in the Centre region Monday April 12 is underway in several other parts of the country.
The Sinopharm vaccine is reportedly strong enough to immunize against the new COVID-19 variant. Health officials say as a precautionary measure, the vaccine will not be administered to pregnant women and young people aged less than 18 years for now.
It is worth indicating that despite reports on the effective use of this vaccine in at least 50 countries around the world, many are still skeptical about its efficiency and express worries on the possible side effects.