Mnangagwa urges more Zimbabweans to get COVID-19 vaccines

Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa.PHOTO/AP

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa appealed to the public to turn up in numbers to get their COVID-19 jabs noting that all eligible adults had a responsibility to protect their community.

FILE PHOTO: Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa. PHOTO/AP

Mnangagwa, who made the appeal during the burial of two national heroes, also called on the public to follow all public health guidelines and lockdown measures.

“I would like to remind the nation that the Covid-19 pandemic is still with us. We continue to see increasing numbers of both new infections and mortalities,” Mnangagwa said.

“Most importantly, I want to acknowledge the ongoing positive results to the National Vaccination Programme. Eligible adults must continue to go out and get vaccinated. You have a responsibility to your families, your communities and our great country to protect yourselves from the COVID-19 pandemic,” he added.

“My Government has made available adequate resources to guarantee the availability of vaccine doses.”

According to the state owned Herald newspaper, hundreds of people have thronged vaccination centres across the country to get vaccinated.

Zimbabwe has received several batches of Chinese vaccines to ramp its national vaccination program. The southern African nation hopes to vaccinate at least 60 percent of the population (10 million) to achieve herd immunity but has so far vaccinated less than one million.

Zimbabwe has reported more than 70,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases and more than 2,200 deaths.