High Commission of the Republic of Mozambique

Over a million fully vaccinated against Covid-19

Maputo, 2 Sep (AIM) – The Mozambican health authorities announced on 1 September that to date more than a million people have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

According to a Health Ministry press release, in the previous 24 hours 77,444 people received their second dose of the Chinese VeroCell vaccine. This brought the number of people fully vaccinated to 1,076,968 – which is 6.3 per cent of the 17 million whom the Ministry hopes to reach in the national vaccination campaign.

Within the next week, the number fully vaccinated should rise significantly, since the health service is still administering the second dose to people who received their first dose of the VeroCell vaccine up until 25 August.

The target group for this phase of the vaccination was people aged 50 and above living in the urban areas, veterans from the war for Mozambican independence, drivers and fare collectors in passenger transport, and teachers and state employees not reached in earlier phases of the campaign.

The Ministry release also announced that, since the start of the pandemic, 146,574 people have been diagnosed with Covid-19 in Mozambique.

The majority of cases are now being diagnosed in northern Mozambique – with two-thirds of cases being identified in the four provinces north of the Zambezi –Nampula, Cabo Delgado, Zambezia, and Niassa.