Zimbabwe to ramp up vaccination to attain herd immunity

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BULAWAYO, ZIMBABWE - AUGUST 03: Army officers register a man"u2019s details before he receives his Covid-19 vaccine on August 3, 2021 in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Bulawayo's efforts to vaccinate at least 400.000 residents to achieve herd immunity are this week being supported by the Zimbabwe Defence Forces. (Photo by KB Mpofu/Getty Images)
Army officers register a man’s u2019 details before he receives his COVID-19 vaccine on August 3, 2021, in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. /Getty Images

Zimbabwe is to ramp up its vaccination campaign to attain herd immunity against the COVID-19 by year-end, the Zimbabwean government said on Tuesday.

A program of activities were compiled in consultation with all relevant stakeholders to accelerate the vaccination campaign, Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said after a post-cabinet media briefing.

“The public will be kept abreast of the developments. Government urges all citizens who are yet to be inoculated to present themselves for vaccination,” Mutsvangwa said.

The country has to date acquired about 13 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, with 3,275,033 first doses and 2,545,717 second doses having been administered.

It aims to vaccinate 10 million people out of a population of about 14 million by December this year.

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