Zim Gvt In Schools COVID-19 Vaccination Blitz For 16 To 17 Year Olds

THE Zimbabwean government has announced a jump in the national COVID-19 vaccination numbers over the past seven days at the back of increased uptake of vaccines in the 16 to 17 years age groups in schools countrywide.

By Michael Gwarisa

Briefing Journalists during a Post-Cabinet Media Briefing in Harare, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa said the cumulative number of vaccines administered in the previous week increased significantly following the extension of vaccination towards the 16 to 17 year olds in schools.

On the national vaccination programme, as of 22 November 2021, a total of 3 680 636 first doses had been administered, with 2 752 352 people having received their second dose.  The Ministry  of  Health  and  Child  Care  is collaborating with the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education on  the vaccination blitz of the 16 to 17 year age group in schools.

“Cabinet wishes to  report  that  the  inclusion  of  this  age  group  has  increased  the  target population.  It  is  pleasing  to  note  that  in  actual  numbers,  the  cumulative number  of  vaccines  administered  during  the  reporting  week  increased compared to last week,” said Senator Mutsvangwa.

Regarding preparations for the safe administration of 2021 Zimbabwe School Examination Council  (ZIMSEC ) Examinations, Minister Mutsvangwa said the Ministry  of  Primary  and  Secondary  Education  was  currently  monitoring  and strengthening  COVID-19  compliance  in  preparation  for  the  2021  ZIMSEC Examinations.

“The  same  collaboration  between  the  education  and  health sectors,  which resulted in safe and successful 2020 schools’ examination processes, is expected to deliver the desired outcome. The  nation  is  also  advised  that  2021  is  the  first  year  that  the  Zimbabwe School Examination Council (ZIMSEC) is incorporating Continuous Assessment of Learning Area (CALA) marks into the final result for the Grade 7,  ’O” and “A” level examinations.

“In order to ensure that the continuous assessments were done in compliance with COVID-19 regulations and to also ensure that the credibility of the ZIMSEC examination system remains intact, senior management were all out in full force moderating and ensuring that completion of continuous Assessment of Learning Area Activities (CALA) is done by the end of November, 2021.”

Meanwhile, as at 22 November 2021, Zimbabwe’s cumulative COVID-19 cases stood at 133 674 with 128 465 recoveries and 4699 deaths. The  recovery  rate  was  96%,  with  510  active  cases  being  recorded.  The overall  national  number  of  new  cases  decreased  slightly  during  the  week under  review,  with  209  cases  recorded  compared  251  the  previous  week. This represents a 17% decrease in the number of reported cases.

Regarding case management, infection, prevention and control, the number of  people  in  need  of  hospitalization  for  COVID-19  decreased,  with  the country’s bed occupancy rate   decreasing from 1.2% the previous week to 0.9% this week.


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