President Mnangagwa Gets Vaccinated Against COVID-19

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa received his C0VID-19 vaccine jab in the resort town of Victoria Falls.

By Patricia Mashiri

Speaking at the launch of the second phase of the National vaccination programme in Victoria Falls, President  Mnangagwa challenged communities to embrace the vaccination programme.

Zimbabwe like any other countries was not spared from devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Let me reiterate the global call by the World Health Organization ( WHO) that no one is safe until everyone is safe.

“I therefore challenge all of us in our respective communities to accept the vaccination programme and shun vaccine hesitance, misinformation and the negative conspiracy theories. Getting vaccinated is a personal and family responsibility as well as a national obligation.

“Vaccination further advances our countries global obligation to combat the continued spread and negative socio-economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in line with the United Nations (UN) and African Union (AU) expectations. The first phase of the COVID-19 vaccination programme was a success due to the broad acceptance of the doses by the targeted groups to this end,” Mnangagwa said.

Meanwhile the Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, who is also the Minister of Health and Child Care who accompanied the President in Victoria Falls said he was amused by the great response by the residents towards the vaccination.

“I’m so impressed by the response of Victoria Falls City residents. They have come in masses and this what we would want to see. This is what we are expecting to see in every corner of Zimbabwe, people behaving like what I have seen here in Victoria Falls.

“Therefore, the economy will be back on track and the safety of our people will be guaranteed. If we are talking of achieving the 60% heard immunity this is what should be,” Chiwenga said.

Meanwhile, there has been vaccine hesitance among the Zimbabwean citizens with the first phase of the national vaccination programme with only  at least 68% of the frontline workers having been vaccinated to date.

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