Côte d’Ivoire may soon adopt the health passport, as in France, if the situation on the epidemic front does not improve. Meanwhile, the authorities are intensifying the vaccination and strongly urge certain categories to get vaccinated. For a month, the Ivory Coast has struggled with a third wave of Covid-19 that does not seem to mark time.
as reported from Abidjan, Pierre Pinto
In August, the country registered 5,534 cases, three times more than in July. 112 deaths were recorded during the same period, ie a quarter of the number of deaths recorded since the epidemic began in Côte d’Ivoire. In the face of these figures, the government is once again trying to give a boost to vaccination that is not gaining enough momentum.
Following a National Security Council on Thursday, although the word “mandatory” does not appear in the press release, the government strongly urges certain professions to be vaccinated before October 15, at least for the first dose. They are public and private health workers, defense and security forces, teachers, legal representatives and owners and employees of hotels, restaurants, maquis bars and nightclubs. So, of course, all vulnerable people who have not yet been vaccinated.
The government is considering “depending on the future development of the epidemic” to require unvaccinated people to present a negative test to enter places open to the public, such as restaurants, universities or administrative buildings in particular.
Finally, as for travelers, from Monday they must present a negative PCR test in less than 72 hours and no longer five days to enter the Ivory Coast. And to combat fraud, as of September 20, a PCR test or QR code vaccination certificate will be required.