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Low Vaccine Uptake Ruins Zim Herd Immunity Target

Low Vaccine Uptake Ruins Zim Herd Immunity Target

The Zimbabwe Democracy Institute (ZDI) says the Government may fail to attain its target of vaccinating 10 million citizens against COVID-19 by the end of this year due to vaccine hesitancy.

The Government has imported millions of doses from China over the past several months but vaccination uptake has been slow even though the jabs are being provided free of charge.

In its latest report, ZDI focused on access to public health, assessing the likelihood of Zimbabwe achieving COVID-19 herd immunity by December. The report says:

The period under review was characterised by steady growth in COVID-19 vaccination across the country.

By 31 October 2021, the country had vaccinated over 3 million people against the pandemic.

However, the increase in vaccinations still falls short of the set target of 60% herd immunity by the end of the year 2021.

By its own admission, the government through the Ministry of Health and Child Care revealed that COVID-19 Vaccination Roll Out and Deployment program had, as of 31 October 2021, reached a national coverage of 38% of the targeted population.

The period between 31 October and 31 December (2 months) is realistically not enough to vaccinate the remaining 62% given that the actual vaccination rate of 38% was attained over a period between March and October (7 months).

As of 5 December 2021, 3 874 694 citizens had received the first jab while 2 884 045 people had been fully vaccinated.

ZDI proposed that the Government develops a clear plan on how it is going to utilise the remaining time to vaccinate the population in order to reach herd immunity.

It urged the Government to observe its own COVID-19 rules and address the issue of health care personnel remuneration.

The organisation also challenged civil society to hold the government to account over its COVID-19 vaccination set targets.

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3 Comments

Brian 5 months ago

Mapanzure gvt high school in mvg could not finish mathematics exam due lack of stationary.The was no graph papers and the pupils left the questions unanswered because of limited graph papers.Some of the students are talking of reporting to zimsec in Masvingo town.This is because the administration is corrupt and they eat exam fees and could not buy the stationary.Basure the siniour teacher and the gvt high school told the pupils that Zimsec was supposed to provide the stationary not the school which is incorrect.Mapakomhere high school nearby had enough graph papers for the exam about 4 graph papers each which is correct. Chauraya head of Mapanzure gvt high school is said to be tyrant and running currupt administration.Everyday he goes to town Masvingo using school resources but he could not buy the stationary for the poor pupils.Chiweshe the deputy head of Mapanzure high School is believed to the who was in charge of the paper 2 mathematics.I think Pindula news and the Anty corruption council of Zimbabwe should visit the school to investigate the issue because most of the stack holders and community are complaining of the currupt adminstration of Mapanzure high school. Head's office is in the school car and most of his teachers are subotaging the head.The ACCZ should visit the school and community to investigate this mathematics exams because the future of the students is in danger.Can you guys help to reach Pindula news so I could give the news in full


Hi Kali 5 months ago

Uphill battle


Herd Immunity 5 months ago

Handchabatiki oho oho handchabatiki🤧😷🤕🤓 hotsiii😜😝😒🤒



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