Tunisia Fully Vaccinates 4.5 Million Citizens against COVID-19

Tunisian authorities say the country has fully vaccinated not less than 4.5 million people against COVID-19, contributing to the increase of the immunisation rate in the country.

According to the Ministry of Public Health, Tunisia has inoculated 4,516,636 with 3.6 million people receiving two doses and about one million others taking one shot either for taking the single-dose vaccine or for having been infected by the virus.

The ministry said a total of 9,253,797 COVID-19 vaccine jabs have been administered till October 29, while the number of people registered on Evax.TN reached 6,704,944 on October 30.

A vaccination campaign was launched in Tunisia on March 13 with healthcare workers as the priority group.

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In July, the country experienced a severe third wave of infections, resulting in the near-collapse of the health system.

Although health officials have accelerated the national campaign to combat the outbreak, only 30 per cent of children have been vaccinated.

According to sources, 3,880 people have received their third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, which is administered to those 75 and older.

On October 30, the ministry registered one COVID-19 fatality and 166 infections from 3,610 tests. As such the caseload stands at 712,747 and the death toll at 25,241 with the number of recoveries rising by 257 to 686,023.

Meanwhile, the ministries of Health and Education plan to organise between November 8 and 20 mobile jab drives in secondary schools in a bid to inoculate students aged 15 and over who have not received the vaccine’s first shot.

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Both ministries urged students to register in their respective schools and submit a signed and completed parental authorization form.

In addition, the Ministry of Communication Technologies announced the launch of vaccine pass service on the national vaccination platform EVAX, with a goal to prove the holder is fully vaccinated, enabling him or her to access places and places described in the presidential decrees.

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