ZADHR worried about low vaccination uptake

THE Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights (ZADHR) has raised concern over the low uptake of the COVID-19 vaccine across the country.

By Tanaka Moyo

Commemorating this year’s World Health Day under the theme ‘Building a fairer, healthier world for everyone’. ZADHR through a press release expressed a great worry that again this year’s commemorations are being held in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and a great population is not willing to get vaccinated most probably because of lack of information.

In this vein, ZADHR applauds governments across the world on the COVAX initiative, an international solidarity mechanism to ensure that poor countries access vaccines for COVID-19. We believe the initiative, if implemented well, has the propensity to support communities in resource limited countries, in getting a fair share of the global vaccines available. We also note the strides the Government of Zimbabwe has made in sourcing vaccines and the current roll-out plan.

“Despite this, ZADHR notes the poor uptake of vaccination across the country and urges the Ministry of Health and Child Care to do more on vaccine literacy through enhanced public campaigns to popularise the vaccine roll-out plan and on dispelling myths and misconceptions for the purposes of promoting demand for, and uptake of vaccines in the country. We also urge the Government of Zimbabwe to invest more in financing the procurement of more vaccines and expanding the geographic reach of the program,” said the statement.

People have been hesitant to take the vaccine because of a lot of misconceptions that have been awash on social media.

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