COVID-19 - Featured - Local - February 24, 2021

COVID-19 vaccine roll-out progresses

Vaccine distribution and training of vaccinators are underway across the country, and the vaccination of target groups commenced on 22 February 2021 in all provinces.

Cabinet received a progress report on the procurement and roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines, which was presented by the Ministry of Health and Child Care.

Measures have been put in place to guarantee a steady flow of vaccine does, and to ensure that targeted groups receive their doses at the appropriate time.

Government of Zimbabwe has put together resources sufficient to procure COVID-19 vaccines to cover the herd immunity of 10 million people.

Presenting at a Cabinet press brief meeting, Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Monica Mutsvangwa said the request to include journalists in Phase One of the inoculation has been approved.

“Journalism is listed as an essential service in SI 93 of 2020 and the media plays a crucial role in providing information that saves lives,” said Mutsvangwa.

The Republics of India and the Russian Federation have donated COVID-19 vaccines to the tune of 75 000 and 12 000 doses to Zimbabwe respectively and the vaccines came on the backdrop of another 200 000 doses donated by China.

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