Government has urged the 16-17-year age-group to take up vaccination against Covid-19 as the country steps up efforts to achieve the much-desired herd immunity by end of the year.
This follows approval of the use of China’s Sinovac Biotech Covid-19 vaccine for the adolescent group.
At a post-cabinet media briefing in Harare Tuesday, Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said the nation has procured adequate stocks of the life-saving jab to see through the exercise.
“In addition, vaccination of the 16-17-year age group with the Sinovac vaccine has been certified safe and the group is encouraged to present themselves for vaccination.
“Sub-national structures have been tasked to come up with various initiatives to ramp up vaccination uptake to achieve herd immunity by year end,” she said.
As at 8 November 2021, a total of 3 379 391 first doses had been administered with 2 654 079 people having received their second dose.
Zimbabwe’s vaccination drive is among the leading on the continent.
Mutsvangwa urged locals not to be complacent as the Covid-19 menace appears to have subsided in a country with a relatively low burden of the dreaded pandemic.
Added the top government official, “Cabinet would like to express appreciation for the response by Zimbabweans that has resulted in the country doing better than most countries in Africa.
“However, we need to remain vigilant to ensure that we attain our set target of achieving herd immunity by year end.
“To this end, let us all ensure that all those who are yet to be vaccinated present themselves for inoculation.”