Rwanda: Citizens warned on COVID 19 vaccination rejection
By Olivier Mukwaya, Rubavu, Western Rwanda
Rwanda’s Minister of Local Government, Gatabazi Jean Marie Vianney, has warned against anyone who continues to spread rumors that make many citizens refuse the COVID 19 vaccine, noting that there are penalties for barring others from participating in government programs.
He made the remarks in Nyundo Sector where residents of Kanama, Nyundo, Rugerero sectors were convened to sensitize them on COVID-19 vaccination.
Minister Gatabazi told the public that the government will not allow anyone who refused to vaccinate to go to the public spaces, asserting that no one should exceed the date of December 31 without vaccinating.
“We will never allow anyone who refuses to vaccinate to go to public spaces and as Government we will not allow a Rwandan citizen to live in a life that could endanger him or her and we have a responsibility to protect him or her,” he said.
“Our goal is that everyone should be vaccinated with at least the first dose of vaccine by the 31st December, 2021 in Rubavu District and across the country. Vaccines are available, and no one should be deprived of this opportunity.” He said.
He concluded by warning those who prevent others from getting vaccinated. “But there are people who are deceived by those religious beliefs and may be misleading the public. So what I’m going to tell you is the same, whoever will be caught in such misleading acts will be punished by law.”
Statistics from the Ministry of Health show that so far 7,611,656 Rwandans have already received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine 5,402,766 vaccinated with both doses while 118,371 have received the third one.