Zim embarks on national Covid-19 vaccination blitz


Harare (New Ziana) – Zimbabwe will, beginning next week, embark on a national Covid-19 vaccination campaign, as the country moves to encourage citizens to get jabbed.

Zimbabweans have been reluctant to be vaccinated, let alone to get the booster shot, raising government concern since it is racing to vaccinate at least 60 percent of the population to achieve head immunity.

As of 15 March, 2022, a total of 4 401 450 first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine had been administered, while 3 426 112 people had received their second dose. A total of 159 628 third doses have been administered to date.

Addressing a post Cabinet media briefing, Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister Mangaliso Ndhlovu said the blitz is scheduled to start next Monday.

“The National Vaccination Blitz/campaign will kick off on Monday, 21 March, 2022 and Government is urging those that have not yet been vaccinated to take advantage of this exercise to do so,” he said.

Setting an example to highlight both the importance and safety of the Covid-19 vaccination programme, President Mnangagwa and several Cabinet ministers received their booster Covid-19
vaccine shots early this year.

Ndhlovu said the total number of COVID-19 cases detected in schools since the beginning of the first term increased to 606 during the week under review, compared to 517 recorded the previous week.

“The majority of the infected learners (422) were day scholars which is indicative that the infections are from the communities,” he said.

Zimbabwe is already vaccinating children aged between 12 and 17 years, most of whom are currently in schools.

Ndhlovu urged citizens to continue taking prevention measures to avoid the spread of Covid-19.

“The Government is appealing to all Zimbabweans to take the COVID-19 pandemic seriously and as such are required to continue to adhere to the laid down World Health Organisation and National protocols at all times.

“These protocols include the following: the wearing of masks correctly at all times; washing of hands and observing social distance. The citizens are being urged to be on their guard at all times to minimise infections”, he said.

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