Rwanda’s Minister for Local Government, Jean Marie Vianney Gatabazi, has called-out people who are fleeing the country to escape Covid-19 vaccination, reminding them that the countries to which they are going are on the move of vaccinating their citizens.
The announcement comes after some Rwandans have been reported to be crossing over to neighboring countries – particularly the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Burundi as a move to escape vaccination.
While addressing newsmen in a national broadcaster, Gatabazi noted that the vaccine acceptance rate is high in Rwanda, and large numbers of people are willingly taking the jab, save for skeptics.
“There are a few who tried to flee the country, but they have been sent back. You can’t say I am going to Tanzania, I am going to Burundi, or I am going to the DRC. These counties are also vaccinating, so there is no need to fear vaccines,” he said.
“Our responsibility is to mobilize people, take time with them, use all the platforms that can help us convince them of the benefits of vaccines,” he added.
The minister appreciated the role of religious leaders who continue to partner with the government to sensitize their congregations towards accepting vaccines, saying it has played a significant role in galvanizing a huge number of people.