Zim launches massive Covid-19 vaccination blitz

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Harare (New Ziana) – Zimbabwe will begin rolling out a mass Covid-19 vaccination blitz on Monday, Vice President Constantino Chiwenga said on Sunday.

Zimbabwe’s COVID-19 vaccination programme has been ranked as one of the best on the African Continent.

As of 17 March 2022, the country’s second dose vaccine coverage was 35 percent of the target population.

Addressing journalists, VP Chiwenga, who is also the Minister of Health and Child Care, said the country is, however, currently facing uptake challenges that need urgent attention.

“To address these challenges, Government, in collaboration with all stakeholders, plans to conduct a mass vaccination campaign
blitz.

” The campaign aims to vaccinate all those from the age of 12 years and above. The campaign, which is spearheaded by the Ministry of Health and Child Care, will be conducted in two phases during the months of March, April and May 2022.

“The first phase will run from 21 March to 3 April 2022, while the second phase will run from 2 to 15 May 2022,” he said.

He urged those eligible for vaccination to get their first, second and third doses at designated centres.

“As such, vaccinations will take place in both public and private health facilities, schools, workplaces, markets and churches as well as at outreach points across the country,” he said.

VP Chiwenga said the blitz is expected to scale up the uptake of Covid-19 vaccines so that the country attains herd immunity.

“The thrust of the vaccination programme is to achieve head immunity, so that the severity of the COVID-19 disease and / or possibly death, is mitigated. It is quite encouraging that the country is geared to strengthen vaccination efforts, in order to help reduce the development of new and deadly variants that could fuel the pandemic.

“I, therefore, urge all adults and children from the age of twelve years and above to get vaccinated. It is my privileged advice to you all that COVID-19 vaccines protects you and your families. They save lives and preserve livelihoods. In addition, COVID 19 vaccines are also safe and effective against most variants, ” he said.

As of 18 March 2022, the country had reported a cumulative 244 012 Covid-19 cases and 5 420 deaths, since the pandemic started.

“May I take this opportunity to re-assure the nation that Government is, however, committed to ending the pandemic. Currently, Government is implementing several key public health and social measures to protect individuals and communities. One of such key interventions is the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme, ” said VP Chiwenga.

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