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Health Alert: Message for U.S. Citizens – U.S. Embassy Niamey, Niger (May 6, 2021)
May 6, 2021

Health Alert: Message for U.S. Citizens – U.S. Embassy Niamey, Niger (May 6, 2021)

Location:  Niger

Event:  COVID-19 Updates in Niger and Vaccine Availability Information in Niger

As of May 5, the Nigerien Ministry of Public Health has confirmed 5,309 cases of COVID-19 in Niger, with 246 active cases, 4,871 recoveries, and 192 deaths.

Niger is currently under a national health state of emergency due to the COVID-19.  For flights arriving in or departing from Niger’s international airports, passengers must present a negative COVID-19 test dated within 72 hours of their arrival or departure.

Information on COVID-19 Vaccination Availability in Niger

The Government of Niger has announced that COVID-19 vaccines are available in all eight of Niger’s regions.  Two vaccines are currently available in Niger: the Sinopharm vaccine and the World Health Organization (WHO)-approved AstraZeneca vaccine.  Both vaccines require two doses and are available for individuals 18 years or older.

While Niger has planned to reserve the AstraZeneca vaccine for people aged 55 and above, the U.S. Embassy has learned that it may be possible to obtain the WHO-approved AstraZeneca vaccine by signing a waiver at any Nigerien health clinic that offers the vaccines.  In Niamey, this includes the International Travel Clinic and the United Nations (UN) Clinic.

The Embassy advises U.S. citizens who are interested in receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine to act quickly so they have sufficient time to obtain their two doses before the initial stock of AstraZeneca vaccine expires in late July.

For more information about COVID-19 in Niger, please visit the U.S. Embassy’s COVID-19 information page.