Govt targets herd immunity by year end

by | Aug 5, 2021 | COVID 19 | 0 comments



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Zimbabwe is expecting to have achieved herd immunity by year end.

The country has been working hard to ensure that eligible citizens get the vaccine, a feat which has so far seen 1701671 people receive their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine and 832884 have receive their second dose.

Speaking at the Post Cabinet Briefing, Monica Mutsvangwa, the Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services highlighted steps that will be taken to achieve this.

“The vaccination program will be extended to private clinics, private hospitals and clinics in higher and tertiary learning institutions to complement Government efforts and vaccination will remain free. Collaboration with the Security Sector will be continued to assist in the vaccine roll out,” said Minister Mutsvangwa.


“There will be an increase in outreach teams for hard to reach areas and an increase in provision of transport and fuel for the outreach teams. Payment model of allowances for the vaccinators will be reviewed so as to be based on the number of persons vaccinated. Non-medical staff will be used as data captures to free nurses so that they concentrate on vaccination,” she said.

Meanwhile the Health Services Board has requested the Treasury to recruit retired nurses to participate in the vaccination program.

Zimbabweans were urged to continue the positive turn out at vaccination centers and get vaccinated as this is the only way to save lives and reduce the fatality rate of the pandemic.