Govt mulls Covid-19 vaccine rollout on 12-year-olds

By Nkosana Dlamini

Government could soon extend the Covid-19 vaccine roll-out on children between the ages 12 and 15 years with scientific studies already in place to establish the feasibility of such exercise.

This was revealed Wednesday by Health and Child Care deputy minister John Mangwiro (pictured).

Government is keen on inoculating at least 60 percent of the national population by end of the year.

The target will see the country achieve herd immunity.

To reach the target, government recently announced children aged between 16 and 17 are now eligible to take up vaccination against the dreaded pandemic.

It has emerged Zimbabwean authorities are not going to stop at the mentioned adolescent group but are even planning going even further down the age groups to administer the life-saving dose on 12-year-olds.

Said Mangwiro, “Efforts are being made to reach herd immunity – 60% by year end if not more because in the near future, very soon we may also start discussing 12-year-olds to 15-year-olds but these studies and discussions are still going on.

“As a nation, before we give these, we talk to the paediatricians who are top specialists in children before we can announce anything.

“For now, 16 years to 17-year-olds are being vaccinated.”

Zimbabwe, a surprise regional leader in unrolling its vaccination drive among citizens, has inoculated nearly 40 percent of the targeted population for the jab.

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