THE COVID-19 Chief Coordinator in the President’s Office, Dr Agness Mahomva has urged Zimbabweans who received their first jabs of COVAXIN vaccine but failed to get their second doses to start afresh with a different one.
By Patricia Mashiri
She made this plea following indications that thousands of people who received their first doses of the COVAXIN vaccine in May and June when Zimbabwe received its shipment of 35,000 doses from India are yet to get their second jabs five months down the line.
Speaking during a Science Cafe, Dr Agness Mahomva said people who haven’t received their second of the COVAXIN were free to get either Sinopharm or Sinovac or any other vaccine that is available but should not mix vaccines.
The COVAXIN was coming from India and India got hit by a third horrible wave and their manufacturing industry just went down. This is one of the reasons why even the Covax facility by the World Health Organization went down .
The target that they wanted to beat on the actual continent in terms of getting vaccines to countries they just couldn’t because the vaccines were nowhere to be found. It was a bulk of vaccines that were coming to us under that Covax for the African region were supposed to be manufactured in India and it just didn’t happen,” said Dr Mahomva.
She added that, “So it’s one of those reasons where once again we look at the bigger picture when you ask the right question you are able to see through that it is not a government of Zimbabwe’s issue. There is nothing we could have done. You can start afresh with a different one but it’s not about you getting a COVAXIN dose 1 and second dose of another one. If you start off with a different one you have to have those two doses of the different one. It is not about getting the second dose of the different vaccine.”
She added that more people should go out in their numbers to get vaccinated so that the herd immunity is achieved so as to lessen the spread of the virus.