President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s invitation for political leaders to join the vaccination campaign appears to have found willing takers, with leaders of some political parties expressing their willingness to participate in the programme.
Movement for Democratic Change Alliance spokesperson Fadzai Mahere says fighting the covid-19 pandemic requires collective efforts.
“As highlighted by President Nelson Chamisa at the presentation of our alternative Covid-19 Response Plan earlier this year, fighting the pandemic is a collective effort that offers no room for politicking. The central objective must always be to save lives and mitigate suffering.
“As we have highlighted time and again, we support the roll out of a widespread vaccination drive in the fight against Covid-19. However, we have reservations around the efficacy and safety of the vaccines that have been rolled out thus far.
“President Chamisa will respond to a vaccination drive that is safe and good for the citizens. President Chamisa has not been invited to the event in Victoria Falls. However, our position is that any vaccination drive must prioritise frontline health workers and the vulnerable before being accessed by politicians in the interests of public health & putting the people whom we are called to serve first,” she said.
Meanwhile, Democratic Opposition Party President Harry Peter Wilson says the vaccination programme will put Zimbabwe in the forefront of the rest of the African leaders encouraging them to follow suit.
“We as a party are taking care of our people and we applaud the President E.D. for including us in this momentous decision that will affect not only the political parties, but the health of our country.
“We need to be mindful the World Health Organisation has declared Covid-19 a global pandemic with talk of a vaccine passport in the future.”
President Emmerson Mnangagwa has appealed to Zimbabweans to get vaccinated in order to achieve herd immunity which is necessary for containing the spread of the respiratory illness.
He is expected to receive his first jab in Victoria Falls when he launches the second vaccination phase, following the delivery of 200 thousand doses of Sinopharm and 133 thousand of the Sinovac vaccines by China to Zimbabwe. The president, according to a statement by Vice President General (Rtd) Constantino Chiwenga, who is also the Minister of Health and Child Care, will receive a jab of the Sinovac vaccine.
Zimbabwe is rolling out the second phase of the vaccination programme in Victoria Falls to also encourage full throttle return of the tourism sector, after expanding the programme to teachers and other sectors.