A tenth of targeted population now fully vaccinated

By Abigirl Tembo

Zimbabwe is on course to attaining COVID-19 herd immunity with ten percent of the targeted population having been vaccinated so far.

1 912 592 people have so far received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while the second jab has been administered to 1 061 238 people, confirming that 10 percent of the targeted population is now fully vaccinated.

Zimbabwe has over the past few months recorded great strides in the procurement of vaccines as well as the inoculation drive with the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) medical team also assisting in administering the jabs as part of its social corporate responsibility.

In terms of vaccination per province, Harare is leading with 186 710 followed by Mashonaland East at 143 792.

Manicaland Province has managed to administer first and second doses of the vaccine to 137 956 people, while Bulawayo has 106 946 of its residents now fully vaccinated.

Mashonaland West is at 106 392, while Matabeleland South has the lowest number, with 49 235.

The country has been on an intensive drive to ensure cities achieve herd immunity, with Victoria Falls becoming the first city in the country to achieve the milestone after administering COVID-19 vaccines to more than three-quarters of the targeted population with most businesses now fully operational in the resort city.

Zimbabwe has also reopened the Victoria Falls land border with Zambia for fully vaccinated tourists for the smooth flow of visitors between the two neighbouring countries.