The Ministry of Health says Covid hesitancy is slowing down the 

pace of vaccination rollout in the country. 

Modou Njai, health promotion and education director, said: “Our vaccine coverage is very low in terms of Covid vaccination. 

“We are still around less than 25% and our target is 60% at least. We should be able to reach out to at least 60% of the population. 

“But we cannot reach out to that level now because people are not coming out. Now we have vaccines, with greater demand we should talk to people to come out and get vaccinated.

“We cannot say the vaccine is not available now because we have AstraZeneca in [large] numbers, we have the Sinopharm in numbers and we also have [the] Johnson and Johnson in numbers. 

“Let’s use our medium to get people vaccinated so that we can also go back to our normal lives. Wearing masks always can be inconvenient for some people and others don’t like these restrictions.”

Reporting by Adama Makasuba 

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