Mutare decentralises vaccine drive

by | Jul 3, 2021 | COVID 19 | 0 comments

Nevanji Munyaradzi Chiondegwa

The City of Mutare has invited its residents and stakeholders to get vaccinated against Covid-19 at its poly clinics dotted around the city.

In an advisory, Mutare told its residents that the Sinopharm first dose is now available at all council health facilities in the city.

This puts paid the claim by social media activist and author Tsitsi Dangarembga among others who are claiming the Zimbabwe Vaccination Programme is being affected by a shortage of vaccine.

It is on record that people in certain areas are not keen on vaccine while there is a large uptake in others.

This then leads to a supposed shortage in areas where the uptake is large. Government through the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare has explained how they redistribute from those areas of low uptake to those of higher uptake.

The Zimbabwe National Vaccination drive is in full force following recent delivery of the latest batch of 500 000 Sinopharm vaccines from China.

Government has revealed that 2 million more vaccines are scheduled to arrive by the next two weeks.

By end of July, a further 1,5 million doses are expected, with the the next batch of 3,5 million doses expected in August and September.

This was revealed by Minister of Finance and Economic Development prof Mthuli Ncube at the Robert G. Mugabe International Airport where he was receiving the 500 000 Sinopharm batch from China.