PORT LOUIS, 28 January 2021 – Mauritius on Thursday entered the third day of its nationwide inoculations against the new coronavirus which started Monday.
The priority group being vaccinated in this initial stage are healthcare workers and the elderly.
All those vaccinated so far will have to show up for their second jabs of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine in three weeks.
Mauritius received 100,000 doses of the vaccine last Friday from India.
Authorities in Port Louis expect their next batch of vaccine doses – 250,000 of the Pfizer/BioTech vaccines – to be delivered next February.
With a population of 1.2 million inhabitants, the doses secured so far fall far short of what the country needs.
Mauritius needs about 2.5 million doses in order to provide every inhabitant with at least two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
At least 60 percent of the population of a country needs to be inoculated for it to reach the so-called medical herd immunity.
Mauritius secured the second batch of 250,000 doses working with the African Union and the global initiative, COVAX, whose goal is to ensure fair and equitable access by both rich and poor to the vaccine.
Mauritius has recorded 569 cases of COVID-19 with 10 fatalities and 528 full recoveries.