Masvingo Covid-19 vaccination programme impressive

By Sukuoluhle Ndlovu

People in Masvingo Province have embraced Covid-19 vaccines as demonstrated by large turnouts at vaccination centres, a government official has said. 

Zimbabwe’s Covid-19 vaccination programme started on a slow note in February because of lack of information about the Chinese vaccines that the government had approved at the time. 

There was also disinformation about Covid-19 vaccines  generally, which made a lot of people hesitant to go for vaccination.

Rogers Irimayi, spokesperson for the Masvingo provincial Covid-19 vaccine, said the turnout at vaccination centres was encouraging.

“We have seen large numbers of people visiting vaccination centres, people queuing for very long periods,” Irimayi said.

“Maybe it’s because of the third wave that we are experiencing, and people are really concerned.”

The country witnessed a surge in Covid-19 infections and deaths in July as the country entered a third wave of the pandemic. 

Increasing cases pushed many Zimbabweans to rush to get the vaccines, a development that saw long queues at vaccination sites.

At the time of writing, Irimayi , however, said Masvingo still faced some challenges in the rolling out of the vaccination programme.

“Challenges that we are facing include logistical, which might delay the process such as vaccines getting to the centres,” he said.

“So, because of the overwhelming response some people visit the vaccination centre and as they will be waiting their turn to get the jab, stocks run out.

“The staff, who will be vaccinating will have to restock and there will be a slight delay.” 

He said the taskforce was encouraging people to continue observing World Health Organisation regulations to slow down the spread of Covid-19.

“We are therefore encouraging people who would have been vaccinated toensure that they continue adhering to the government lockdown regulations,” Irimayi said.

“They are notsupposed to forget that even after vaccination, they can still infect or get infected.

“The vaccine will only help them to control the virus so that they will not get severe conditions.” 

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