The Ministry of Health says it has begun vaccinating key groups that will be working during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM 2021), taking place in June, as the country continues to prepare for the global summit.
CHOGM, a biennial meeting which brings together heads of governments from English speaking countries and former colonies of Britain will take place from June 21 in Kigali, Rwanda.
The meeting was scheduled to take place last year but it was postponed due to the New Coronavirus pandemic.
The Ministry of Health said on Thursday that among the nearly 9,000 vaccinated people on Wednesday included staff of key hotels who will work during CHOGM.
“Yesterday, close to 9,000 people got a COVID-19 shot, bringing total vaccinated to almost 230,000. Receiving shots today are motorbike-taxi drivers, staff from key CHOGM hotels, health personnel at private hospital/clinics, and elders at health centres,” the Ministry said.
The Ministry said among those being vaccinated today include personnel of key hotels in Kigali, including those that will accommodate delegates during the summit.
The development came as the Secretary General of the Commonwealth Patricia Scotland and the CHOGM taskforce were in Rwanda to assess how far preparations for the meeting are, less than four months to the summit.
Scotland met President Paul Kagame and earlier on the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Dr. Vincent Biruta to discuss the progress as well as other global issues of interest such as the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the climate action initiative.