Rumbidzayi Zinyuke

Senior Health Reporter

Over 100 000 Zimbabweans have heeded the call by Government to receive the free Covid-19 vaccination as part of efforts to control the pandemic.

The number of vaccination centres has also been increased, resulting in less congestion, and the speedy processing of those wanting the jab.

Vaccination uptake surpasses 100 000 mark Most people are beginning to take vaccination seriously.

Rumbidzayi Zinyuke

Senior Health Reporter

Over 100 000 Zimbabweans have heeded the call by Government to receive the free Covid-19 vaccination as part of efforts to control the pandemic.

The number of vaccination centres has also been increased, resulting in less congestion, and the speedy processing of those wanting the jab.

As of yesterday, 123 454 people had received their first jab while another 22 056 had received their second shot.

The Ministry of Health and Child Care yesterday said: β€œ . . . 6 157 received their first dose today bringing (the) cumulative (number) for 1st dose to 123 454 while 453 received their second dose bringing (the) cumulative for 2nd dose to 22 056 (as at 1600hrs).”

The vaccine uptake was low in the initial stages, which catered mainly for frontline health workers, journalists, selected security forces and staff at ports of entry, among others.

The second stage of the programme was launched late last month to include teachers, those in the hospitality industry, the clergy, tobacco merchants, those over 60 years and people with underlying conditions.

Last week, over 50 pastors from the Salvation Army joined multitudes of people who wanted to get their jabs.

Territorial Commander for the Salvation Army in Zimbabwe, Botswana and Madagascar, Commissioner Wayne Bungay, said it was important for pastors to get vaccinated to protect themselves and their congregants.

He said the church had a role to play in giving people the correct information about vaccines.

β€œAs Christians, we believe that the word of God gives us many lessons. We learnt that over time, God reveals his knowledge, wisdom, creativity and ability and he gives that to human beings. 

β€œHe has supplied the science community all around the world with wisdom and understanding through research, through technology to come up with vaccines to battle such a pandemic,” he said.

Comm Bungay said nearly 600 Salvation Army pastors across Zimbabwe were waiting for their turn to get vaccinated.

Source: herald.co.zw