Extensive Covid-19 vaccination exercise for Vic Falls residents

By Luckmore Safuli
GOVERNMENT has announced plans to conduct an extensive COVID-19 vaccination exercise targeting all adults in Victoria Falls as part of efforts to ensuring that the country’s tourism capital remains a safe destination for tourists.

Health and Child Care Deputy Minister, Dr John Magwiro who is on a tour of health facilities in the resort city disclosed the plan and stressed that a total of 70 000 doses have been set aside for the exercise which commences with immediate effect.

The country’s tourism capital, which reported the first COVID-19 case in Zimbabwe has scored another first, with government announcing plans to roll out an ambitious vaccination exercise targeting all adults in the resort city.
“The vaccination exercise is significant and will make Victoria Falls the first city in the country to get such an intervention. We want tourists to become confident that it is safe to come back to Victoria Falls. We had to take the decision knowing the significance of this town which happens to be the tourism capital and Zimbabwe’s newest city,” said Dr John Mangwiro, Health and Child Care Minister Deputy Minister
Chief Director Curative Services in the Ministry, Dr Marxwel Hove highlighted that centres are being set up around the resort city to ensure efficient roll-out of the exercise, while mobile teams have also been established.
“The doses are already in Bulawayo after having been transported from Harare. As soon as the storage issues are finalised, we will collect the vaccines and they will be dispatched to this border town,” he said.
Victoria Falls City Mayor, Councillor Somvelo Dlamini applauded government for ensuring that the residents are vaccinated and urged residents to come out in numbers and get inoculated.
“We are grateful to government for this important intervention and we will play our part as a local authority to try and mobilise residents to come in numbers so that they can get vaccinated,” said the Mayor.
The tourism-reliant city, which is home to the majestic Victoria Falls and attracts millions of international visitors annually, is pinning hopes for recovery of tourism on the vaccination programme.