Ensure the 16-17 age group is vaccinated before schools open, Dr Mahomva

By Abigirl Tembo Health Editor

DESPITE confirmation that the Omicron variant is less severe compared to other Covid-19 variants, health experts say it still poses danger to the unvaccinated.

With 13 729 active cases of Covid-19 in the country, vaccination remains the only reliable solution as more than 80% of Covid-19 hospitalisations and deaths are being recorded among the unvaccinated.

“Over 80% of people who are being admitted of Covid-19 were actually not vaccinated and we have continued to see that trend because when you look at the largest percentage of people who are dying they have comorbidities and a number of them had shied away from vaccination. So, we continue to have a large number of people who are not vaccinated being admitted going on to die because of Covid-19 so this is why we keep on saying get vaccinated,” Chief Co-ordinator of COVID-19 Response in the Office of the President and Cabinet, Dr Agnes Mahomva noted.

Dr Mahomva also called on parents to ensure that the 16 and 17 age group is vaccinated before the opening of schools.

“When we started this, many parents were saying we don’t want our children to get vaccinated but when they got the virus they were also the first to complain. The reason why government is pushing for this is for their protection. Those 16 to 17 years must be protected.”

So far 4 206 094 people have received the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, 3 232 122 have received the second, while 26 631 have so far received the 3rd jab.