Harare tops other provinces in vaccination figures

By Health Editor Abigirl Tembo
WITH 120 000 people having received their first Covid-19 jab in Harare, the province is leading in the ongoing Covid-19 vaccination drive.
Uptake of Covid-19 vaccines is high in Harare, with the province targeting to reach herd immunity by August this year.
“At the moment we have surpassed the 120k mark for the first doses and 40k mark for the second doses. The uptake has been particularly good from the northern suburbs. In other suburbs it has been low we still need to do a lot more in terms of awareness. We hope that we will be able to create our own herd immunity we want to get to 980 000 doses for us to create herd immunity just for Harare. We hope that by August we should be able to have reached our target,” said City Of Harare Health Director Dr Prosper Chonzi.
Although the city has been recording fewer positive cases of Covid-19 over the past few weeks, Dr Chonzi warns against complacency.
“We are actually worried with what’s happening elsewhere in the world, India Brazil. So we should not let our guard down definitely people must continue masking up, practicing social distance, and personal hygiene. The number that we were seeing from schools should be taken seriously of course we do not have community infections but it can come anytime so really people must not be complacency especially now that we are getting into winter,” he warned.
At national level, four hundred and 37 thousand 751 people have received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.
The virus has claimed one thousand 573 lives in the country, while 35 thousand 647 people have recovered.

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