Covid-19 vaccines: Government to increase medical staff

by | Mar 18, 2021 | COVID 19, Local News | 0 comments

Mako Jerera
Government is looking to engage medical staff employed by the uniformed forces and retired medical practitioners as the country`s vaccination drive gains steam.

The demand for the Covid-19 vaccine is increasing and government wants to ensure their human resources match the demand.

This was revealed by Health and Child Care Minister, Vice President (Rtd) General Constantino Chiwenga at Wilkins Hospital in Harare earlier today, as he received his second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

“We are engaging the medical staff from the uniformed forces, local authorities, our retired medical staff. We are engaging them because if we are to achieve the 60 per cent herd immunity we have to do it faster and we have to have enough manpower on the ground,” said VP Chiwenga.

Vice President Chiwenga, who was the first Zimbabwean to get a Covid-19 vaccine shot on February 18, got his second jab today completing his process.

He assured the country that Government is putting systems in place to ensure that the country achieves its herd immunity target, in which about 60 percent of the Zimbabwean population are expected to be inoculated.

“If we are to achieve our target of vaccinating 60 percent of the population, we have to do it faster and have the manpower to do it,” said VP Chiwenga.

The vaccine stocks are already increasing as seen by the arrival of 400 000 doses from China.

Zimbabwe is also expecting 75 000 doses of the inactivated Covaxin from India and other donation of 20 000 doses of the Sputnik-V vaccine from Russia.