COVID-19 vaccination extended to 14-17 age group

By ZBC Reporter

In a major stride towards the fight against COVID-19 the vaccination drive has been extended to the 14-17 year age group.

Addressing the media during a Post Cabinet Media Briefing in the Capital this Wednesday evening,the Minister of Information Publicity and Broadcasting Services Senator Monica Mutsvangwa said the resolution was reached at after consultation with scientists.

The country has already acquired 13 million doses out of the 20 million required in order to achieve herd immunity. On the advice of scientists, the vaccination programme will also be extended to the 14 to 17-year age group.

Senator Mutsvangwa also reported that the country has recorded a significant decrease in weekly COVID-19 cases.

Government notes that there was a 32% decrease in weekly cases from  3 761 during the week ending 15 August 2021, to 2 564 in week ending 23 August, 2021. The areas which recorded the most significant numbers of new cases were Manicaland Province (429), Harare Metropolitan Province (385), Mashonaland East Province (311), Masvingo Province (274), and Bulawayo Metropolitan Province (265),she added.

As at 24 August, 2021, Zimbabwe’s cumulative COVID-19 cases stood at     123 320, with 108 660 recoveries and 4 320 deaths.

The recovery rate stands at 88%, with 99% of COVID-19-positive cases being attributable to local transmission.

The number of active cases stands at 10 340.