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Mar 1, 2021   |   Blog Post

First COVID-19 Vaccines Administered to Health Workers in Cote D’Ivoire

Dr. Yvan Agbassi is the first Africa-based VillageReach staff member to receive a vaccine.health centers.

By VillageReach

With all the recent COVAX developments, our favorite headline by far was the start of ‘history-making COVAX vaccination drives’ today.

The administration of the COVID-19 vaccines began for health workers in Côte d’Ivoire, following a ceremony where Patrick Achie, Chief of Staff to the President was first to receive a dose. This marked the launch of the vaccination campaign just three days after receiving the delivery of 504,000 doses.

Dr. Yvan Agbassi, a VillageReach staff member, who is a pharmacist based in Abidjan was among the roughly one hundred health workers who also received the first jabs in the country.

The start of the vaccination campaign took place at Abidjan Parc des Sports, an indoor sports arena that houses about 3,500 people. The arena will continue to be used as a vaccination center since it can manage a large number of people, especially given the future needs of vaccinating such a broad segment of the population.

We expect more good news for health workers over the coming days.

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