February 26, 2021

‘No Adverse Effects of Covid-19 Vaccination’

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Mirirai Nsingo

HARARE has not received reports of adverse effects from the Covid-19 vaccine since roll-out of the vaccination programme began.

City of Harare Spokesperson Michael Chideme told ZTN, the vaccine roll-out was progressing well so far.

“Since the onset of the vaccine roll-out, we are yet to receive any reports of adverse effects. We have been doing vaccinations across the capital and across the country.

“Health workers are coming in their numbers for vaccination and other frontline workers such as the media. We continue to encourage all frontline workers to get vaccinated at their nearest health facilities.

“It is only through vaccination that we can achieve herd immunity as a country,” said Chideme.

Zimbabwe rolled out its Covid-19 vaccination programme last Thursday, with Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, receiving the first shot.

Zimbabwe is using a three phased programme, which begins with the vaccination of frontline workers with high risk of infection- such as doctors, nurses, security forces, media and funeral parlours, and will be followed by those with chronic conditions, the elderly and the prison population.

The second phase is for those at medium risk, and the third phase covers everyone else willing to be vaccinated.

According to the World Health Organisation, herd immunity, also known as population immunity, is indirect protection from an infectious disease that happens when a population is immune either through vaccination or immunity developed through previous infection.

Zimbabwe plans to immunize 60 percent of its estimated population of 14 million in the hope of achieving herd immunity.

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