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Thousands turn up for Covid-19 booster shots


Harare (New Ziana) – Almost four thousand people have turned up for Covid-19 booster shots countrywide in the last few weeks, statistics from the Ministry of Health and Child Care released on Tuesday show.
Zimbabwe stepped up its already successful Covid-19 vaccination campaign this month after the Omicron variant, thought to spread faster but less deadly, was discovered in South Africa at the end of November.
The Ministry said a total of 3 993 people throughout the country have had third jabs, known as booster shots, to beef up their defences against the pandemic as at December 28.
In its daily Covid-19 statistical report, the Health and Child Care Ministry said Zimbabwe had so far inoculated 4 106 875 with the first dose, and 3 115 197 with the second dose.
It said the country had enough doses, mainly Chinese made, to inoculate almost the entire eligible population, which now include youths.
Since the outbreak of Covid-19 in March 2020, Zimbabwe’s cumulative cases now stand at 207 548, with 4 940 deaths and 169 963 recoveries.
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