March 18, 2021

Retired health personnel and army in vaccination campaign

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Mirirai Nsingo

Zimbabwe is engaging retired health workers and army personnel to fasttrack the Covid-19 vaccination process.

Vice President and Minister of Health and Child Care Dr Constantino Chiwenga said this after getting his second SinoPharm jab.

“We are bringing in army medical personnel, local authorities and retired health workers to revamp vaccination across the country to achieve herd immunity.

This is a massive rollout and we have not had such in years hence it is important that we train health workers, educate the nation about the importance of vaccination,” VP Chiwenga said.

VP Chiwenga, who was the first Zimbabwean to get vaccinated last month, has urged citizens to embrace inoculation.

He further commended health workers for the improved vaccination speed, adding that the first phase had lessons for Zimbabwe.

“Today my vaccination was just a matter of seconds and I was done. This improved speed is commendable and this will help us reach our targets.

“We have to do it faster and have the manpower to do it.”

Zimbabwe is using a phased approach in vaccination and is now in its second phase. The first phase targeted frontline workers and to date 39 607 have been vaccinated.

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