Zimbabwe Gvt Approves Vaccination Of 16 Year Olds Against COVID-19

THE Zimbabwean government through the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC), has approved the immunization of 16 to 17 years olds with the aim of accelerating the implementation of the national COVID-19 vaccination program.

By Michael Gwarisa

The developments also come in the midst of indications that the national vaccination coverage has reached 38% against a target of vaccination of at least 60% by 31 December, 2021.

In a statement, Health and Child minister, Dr Constantino Chiwenga said the 16-17 years olds will only receive the SINOVAC vaccine.

The ministry wishes to advise the public that COVID-19 vaccination of the 16-17 years age group has been approved. All provinces, secondary schools, colleges, universities and vocational centres are hereby required to commence the vaccination campaign of this age group with immediate effect,” said Dr Chiwenga.

He added that the COVID-19 pandemic was still raging worldwide and Zimbabwe was not spared.

“To date, the country has recorded 132 926 cases and 4 675 people have succumbed to the disease. In the absence of effective medical and health interventions, while adopting physical distancing and masking, herd immunity remains the unmet need in the Zimbabwean population.”

He added that government was determined and optimistic of reaching herd immunity by end of December 2021.

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