By Abigirl Tembo, Health Editor
THE government has rolled out a National COVID-19 Vaccination Blitz targeting a wider section of the population from the age of 12.
This Monday was a landmark day in the COVID-19 vaccination programme with children from the age of 12 getting their first jabs as the government moves in to minimise infection rates and the severity of symptoms.
In an interview with ZBC News, Director of Communications and Advocacy in the Ministry of Primary And Secondary Education Mr Taungana Ndoro encouraged parents to cooperate to avoid COVID-19 outbreaks in schools.
“As the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, we have partnered with the Ministry of Health and Child Care to have a Vaccination Blitz against COVID-19 in our schools. This means that all eligible learners that are from 12 years are free to take up vaccination. We ask for parents’ consent to take up the Vaccination for their kids however, we do encourage strongly that every other learner takes the jab because the vaccines have been seen to be very safe and effective because we would also then be able to curb the spread of Covid-19 in our schools,” he said.
The campaign which is being spearheaded by the Ministry of Health and Child Care will be conducted in two phases from March to May.
The first phase will run from the 21st of March to the 3rd of April while the second phase will be from the second to the 15th of May.
Vaccinations will be taking place in both public and private health facilities, schools, workplaces, markets and churches as well as at outreach points across the country.
This comes at a time when 4 415 064 people have received the first jab, while 3 441 731 got the second dose with the figures for the 3rd jab now at 178 137.