Govt turns to colleges, bus termini in fresh vaccination drive
By Nkosana Dlamini
Government is now turning to colleges and bus termini as vaccination centres as it ramps up its vaccination drive with eyes set on breaching the 10 million head immunity threshold by end of the year.
This was said Thursday by Health and Child Care deputy minister John Mangwiro as he joined other top government officials to receive 2 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines procured from China.
Said the minister, “The 500 000 (doses) that arrived last week have been consumed so fast that the arrival of these 2 million doses will see the consumption and the rate of vaccination going into top gear.
“We are also recognising that colleges and universities will also be points of vaccination. So, universities, colleges, teachers’ colleges and other places, like we said, GMB, Cottco, tobacco auction floors, misika yese, Renkini and everywhere where people are crowded, be it prisons and everywhere, we are going to be there.”
The country is in the throes of its worst Covid-19 nightmare since outbreak last year, with skyrocketing infections and deaths being recorded everyday.
Government hopes an accelerated vaccination drive could spare the country of the scourge and reopen Zimbabwe’s troubled economy.
Speaking at the same occasion, Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube said government will press harder of the gas pedal in its inoculation drive with at least 10 million citizens expected to have received their two doses by end of year.
“We are determined to reach that head immunity target of 60 percent of our population being vaccinated as speedily as possible.
“So, we are really going to go out on this blitz programme between now and the end of the year,” he said.