Zimbabwe: large-scale vaccination on the maps
The national vaccination program is now ready to start vaccinating adolescents against Covid-19, while a detailed monitoring plan has been put in place for the safe vaccination of pregnant and breastfeeding women.
Vaccination of the 16-17 year old age group using Sinovac has recently been approved and recommended by medical experts and is expected to increase the use of Covid-19 vaccines.
Speaking after yesterday’s Cabinet meeting, Minister of Information, Advertising and Broadcasting Services, Monica Mutsvangwa, said subnational structures had been tasked with coming up with initiatives to accelerate the program. vaccination and vaccinate more people to achieve collective immunity by the end of the year.
Pregnant and breastfeeding women can now be vaccinated safely.
“The Ministry of Health and Child Welfare has put in place a detailed surveillance plan for immunization of pregnant and lactating women, as recommended by the Zimbabwe Medicines Control Authority, in accordance with the Organization’s guidelines. global health, ”she said.
Although Zimbabwe has seen a drop in the number of new Covid-19 cases and a good rollout of vaccination, vaccination rates have declined with the number of cases as the third wave recedes and the government wants to see the rates vaccination plan to protect the country against a deadliest fourth wave.
As of Monday, a total of 3,379,391 first doses had been administered and 2,654,079 people had received their second dose, with more than 6 million doses administered.
“The Cabinet would like to express its gratitude for the response from Zimbabweans which has enabled the country to do better than most countries in Africa.
“However, we must remain vigilant to ensure that we achieve our goal of achieving collective immunity by the end of the year. To that end, let’s all make sure that anyone who is not yet vaccinated gets present for inoculation.
“The government is keen to assure the nation that the government has purchased sufficient stocks for this exercise,” she said.
The Deputy Minister of Health and Child Welfare said yesterday that the government will step up vaccine awareness campaigns to ensure more people get vaccinated.
“As a people we have to get herd immunity by the end of the year and as a government we have strategies. We will go to schools and make them vaccination centers. Our population is mainly made up of young people, so we are going to look for them and we are also going to rely on the media to spread the word so that people get vaccinated.
“Most countries are already experiencing wave four and people are dying, so we want to encourage everyone to get the vaccine,” he said.
“We are going to talk to people to spread the word, to go to schools, to churches, to reach out to people who need to be vaccinated.
“More awareness is needed and we have set up mobile trucks and people to go to communities to vaccinate anyone who has not yet been vaccinated. It is something that requires a collective effort.