Zimbabwe’s vaccination drive continues on an upward trajectory

By Oleen Ndori

The country’s Covid-19 vaccination drive is gaining traction, with more than one million people having received their first jab as of this Sunday.

The vaccination drive which began in February was first received with scepticism and slow uptake as people were inundated with negative social media conspiracy theories and fake news regarding the safety of vaccines.

However, there has been a paradigm shift with the latest figures showing that at least 50 thousand people have been getting their first jab on a daily basis in the past few days, signalling more uptake as well as behavioural change among citizens.

The inoculation drive, which had not been embraced by other political players, has also seen them taking part in this life-saving initiative.

MDC Alliance Secretary General Charlton Hwende used his twitter page on Sunday night to call on Zimbabweans to get vaccinated saying, “Statistics show that COVID-19 infections and deaths are on the rise. To slow down the pandemic Zimbabweans need to make deliberate efforts to get vaccinated. I took the decision to get vaccinated in order to protect myself and those around me. COVID-19 is real. Get vaccinated.”

 MDC Alliance Secretary for International Relations Gladys Kudzaishe Hlatywayo also released her vaccination card which showed that she received her jab in March. (Tweet pic).

The development has drawn the attention of many twitter users who believe it is a step in the right direction.

Meanwhile, the Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt to Zimbabwe His Excellency; Mahmoud F. Amer has commended the country’s vaccination drive.

“Let me first congratulate the Zimbabwean government for its efforts to fight this global pandemic. It’s a deadly pandemic and I feel the Zimbabwean government is doing its best to put together a massive inoculation programme for the people,” he said.

So far 1.1 million Zimbabweans have received the first dose of the vaccine from the approved list that includes Sinopharm, Sinovac, Sputnik-V and Covaxin.

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