COVID19 Vaccination Drive Launched in Kabul

Kabul: The Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) on Monday launched a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination drive in Kabul to promote the safety of the vaccine and to encourage the public to take the vaccine.

Over 100,000 people in Afghanistan, including healthcare workers and security personnel have been vaccinated against the coronavirus (COVID-19) infection till April 7, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) had announced. However, there are still concerns among the public about the efficacy of the vaccine and hence, people are not stepping out to get the vaccine jab.

“As part of duty of care, ARCS volunteers explained the importance of the vaccine and how no one is protected until everyone is protected. The priority is for people across Afghanistan to get the COVID-19 vaccine. COVID-19’s spread has shown that equitable access is key to ending this pandemic,” said Pedro Schaerer, Head of the delegation in Afghanistan of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

The COVID-19 vaccination drive was organized at the request of Ministry of Public Health in Afghanistan and the Afghan Red Crescent Society in support with the ICRC.

The aim is to support national vaccination campaigns and immunization services in areas covered under ICRC’s operations and in hard-to-reach areas of Afghanistan.
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“We also stand ready to exercise our role of neutral intermediary to facilitate “last-mile” access of the COVID19 vaccine for Afghan communities across front lines and in hard-to-access areas,” added Schaerer.

Currently, the total number of positive cases in Afghanistan stands at 57,364 while the number of reported deaths is 2,529 and the total number of recoveries is 52,005, as per the MoPH data.

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