The vaccination campaign is still experiencing some hiccups. While many Moroccan citizens have denounced the lack of organization, the absence of doctors in different centers in Rabat frowns and thus prevents many residents of the city from taking the vaccine.
The large influx of people wishing to be vaccinated is attributed to the expansion of vaccination to 25 years and over, the removal of restrictions related to the home, but also the desire of citizens to obtain the “vaccine pass” for to be able to travel freely.
In this sense, the centers have been taken by storm for several days, with interminable waiting and a scorned organization. Contacted by MoroccoLatestNews FR, a young woman wishing to be vaccinated denounced the absence of a doctor in Rabat, which freezes the smooth running of the campaign.
Our interlocutor explains that she traveled to two centers in the capital. After several hours of waiting, he was informed of the absence of doctors and therefore the inability to continue the vaccination.
Morocco mobilizes students
Faced with the influx and lack of doctors, the Moroccan authorities appeal to students and trainees from nursing schools and institutes.
Khaled Aït Taleb’s department recently sent a letter to regional health directors across Morocco asking them to involve students from graduate schools of nursing and health techniques in the vaccination campaign.
Trainees from vocational training institutes in the health sector are also called upon to help out, in order to support the medical staff responsible for administering the doses of the Covid-19 vaccines.
“To speed up the pace of the Covid-19 vaccination operation and in order to quickly achieve collective immunity, we want you to be able to involve students and trainees from schools and institutes of nursing and medical sciences in countryside”, explains the letter signed by the Minister of Health and dated July 28, 2021.
Health ministry warns of overcrowding vaccination centers
The Moroccan Ministry of Health on Friday called on citizens and residents of Morocco to avoid going to overcrowded COVID-19 vaccination centers. The Moroccan government quickly ramped up its vaccination efforts, with around half a million doses administered each day for several consecutive days.
As part of an effort to increase vaccination rates, the health ministry announced that anyone who is eligible can visit a vaccination center to get their dose. Yet the high demand has resulted in some centers being overwhelmed with large numbers of visitors, creating a risky situation where COVID-19 measures such as social distancing are difficult to track.
In its press release on Friday, the ministry urged people to return later if they find an overcrowded vaccination center in order to protect themselves and others around them. While access to the centers is now “open without restrictions,” according to the health ministry, large crowds in confined spaces pose a risk to visitors and staff.
The vaccination centers will be open until 8 p.m. every day, the government asks Moroccans and residents to come back later when the center is less crowded.
The ministry is further asking people to make sure they follow all preventive measures, such as social distancing and wearing masks, when they visit vaccination centers.
Within a week, Morocco increased the number of people who received the first dose from 11.7 million to 13.5 million and increased the number of people fully vaccinated from 9.8 million to 10.1 million.
Morocco has vaccinated most, if not all, of the elderly and high-risk segments of the population as well as frontline workers and medical personnel. Now, all citizens over 25 can be vaccinated.
The ministry insists on the need to continue to comply, during the vaccination operation, with preventive measures, including the wearing of protective masks, physical distancing and hygiene rules.