With the 200,000 doses received, Senegal is in a position to start its vaccination campaign against Covid-19. This, while waiting for the other batches planned in the coming weeks. « All Senegalese who so wish will be vaccinated before the end of 2022, » said the Minister of Health and Social Action, Abdoulaye Diouf Sarr in « Le Soleil ». Thus, he noted, the Head of State, Macky Sall will be among the first to be vaccinated.
This Monday, February 22, during the ceremony to install the Committee for monitoring and control of vaccination operations, the minister said: « All 14 regions have been affected by the epidemic. The response continues to focus mainly on compliance with barrier measures and the management of serious cases. But today, the current evolution of the disease means that vaccination is the best weapon we have at our disposal to defeat it. Now more than ever, we have an opportunity to reduce morbidity and mortality from Covid-19.
This meeting is a prelude to the launch of vaccination operations against the coronavirus scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday, 23 February 2021. « Since December 2019, the world has been facing an unprecedented epidemic caused by a new virus of the coronavirus family (Covid-19). This epidemic has not spared any continent or country. Senegal recorded its first case on 2 March 2020. Immediately, we began the response through the National Epidemic Management Committee, » said Abdoulaye Diouf Sarr. He acknowledged, however, that after a relative lull following the downward trend noted in September 2020, since mid-November, there has been a resurgence of cases suggesting a « second wave » of the epidemic.
The first people to be vaccinated are health workers, people over 60 years of age and those living with co-morbidities.