Covid-19 vaccination programme scaled up in border towns

By Kenias Chivuzhe

Government has scaled up the vaccination programme to include all border towns, the first port of call for anyone visiting the country.

A visit to vaccination centres in Mutare saw residents appreciating the rolling out of the mass vaccination programme meant for all residents in the border town.

“We are grateful that our government has opened up the vaccination programme to all residents in our town. The programme reflects on the able leadership of President Mnangangwa,” a resident of the border town said.

Another added, “I had a chance to be vaccinated and I urge fellow Zimbabweans to do the same.”

“We were eagerly waiting for our chance and we are happy that we have been vaccinated,” said another.

Others said the vaccination process was safe and they were glad that government is walking the talk on its Covid-19 response promises.

Manicaland Provincial Development coordinator, Mr Edgar Seenza and Minister of State and Devolution, Honourable Nokuthula Matsikenyere urged citizens to take advantage of the programme to get vaccinated.

“We are saying all people in Manicaland please come and be vaccinated.We want hundred per cent coverage in terms of vaccination in Mutare city,” Mr Seenza said.

Manicaland Minister of State and Devolution, Honourable Nokuthula Matsikenyere said, “We have welcomed the vaccination programme because yesterday we were supposed to have an Independence gathering with children but failed after having recorded two cases of Covid-19.

“We recently recorded 120 cases at Bonda. We are therefore welcoming the vaccination programme and we are looking forward for more centres to be opened to ensure more people get vaccinated.”

Nearly 300 thousand people have so far been vaccinated against Covid-19, with Zimbabwe having recorded 37 751 cases and 1 553 deaths.

Thirty-five thousand people have recovered from the pandemic.