Morocco’s covid vaccination to cover 80% of population-Minister
London, Nov. 24, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Morocco’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign will reach at least 80% of the population, Minister of Health Khalid Ait Taleb announced on Monday
Khalid Ait Taleb made the announcement during the weekly plenary parliamentary session at the House of Representatives
Moroccan outlet Hespress, citing informed sources, reported that the North African country will schedule 10 flights throughout December to bring 10 million doses of the vaccine from China.
The campaign will begin “in a few weeks,” Ait Taleb announced, specifying that all Moroccans aged 18 and over are eligible to receive injections. However, the initiative will first prioritize frontline workers, the elderly, and people with chronic conditions
The health minister did not specify whether or not Moroccans will have to pay for the vaccine, but confirmed that it will require two injections.
“The goal of the campaign is to preserve public health and to lessen the social and economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic through reducing the number of coronavirus-related deaths. The campaign will cover no less than 80% of Morocco’s residents with a safe and effective vaccine,” Ait Taleb told the parliament
The national vaccination campaign will take place through two methods. For the first method, regional health directorates are in the process of establishing 2,888 vaccination centers across Morocco.
Health authorities have already prepared the lists of medical staff to manage and supervise the centers and training sessions are ongoing.
“The final planning phase is almost done and we have already launched the process to purchase a sufficient amount of [vaccine] doses,” Ait Taleb announced
The second method concerns Moroccans unable to travel to vaccination centers. Medical teams will visit citizens at high risk of developing severe COVID-19 symptoms, as well as some facilities, such as factories, public administrations, and prisons.
The upcoming national vaccination campaign against COVID-19 will not greatly differ from other annual campaigns in Morocco, Ait Taleb assured, highlighting the extensive experience of Morocco’s health authorities
Moroccans wishing to receive the COVID-19 vaccine are invited to visit the medical centres.