Harare Covid-19 vaccination drive well on course

By Oleen Ndori

The national covid-19 vaccination drive is gaining traction with 3 450 339 people having been inoculated so far.

In Harare, the programme is progressing well across the city of despite a few challenges.

This came out during a tour of some of the city’s health facilities by the Ministry of Health and child care and the United Nations Children’s Fund.

The capital city of Harare has witnessed the highest demand for the lifesaving jab as alluded to by the Deputy Minister of Health and Child Care Dr John Mangwiro during a tour of health care centres in the capital.

“We continue urging people to get vaccinate. We are putting in place measures to reduce queues,” he said.

Addressing the Budiriro community in Harare, Dr Mangwiro added that no one should be turned away from any centre

The UNICEF representative in Zimbabwe also commended the drive pledging to support government.

“We came out because we wanted to see whether there were some gaps. We wanted to see how we can improve efficiency, involvement of community… UNICEF will continue to engage all of our partners and government,” UNICEF Representative in Zimbabwe, Dr Tajudeen Oyewale said.

According to the City of Harare Health Director, Dr Prosper Chonzi the capital has so far vaccinated 390 000 out of its target of 1.7 million.

“We are putting in place measures such as increasing centres, inclusion of the private sector as well as support from the security services in the drive. Those who had been vaccinated the first jab we have to start the process of procuring or they can start again with other available vaccines. There are no expected side effects because the whole spectrum is safe with the other vaccines,” he said.

Harare is vaccinating an estimated 150 people at each centre with numbers expected to increase as the ministry of health moves to clear the backlog.

Zimbabwe is targeting to reach herd immunity by December.