Zimbabwe to ramp up vaccination amid slight increase in COVID-19 cases

People queue for COVID-19 vaccination at a point set up by a mobile vaccination team at Buwi Secondary School on December 15, 2021 in Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe. (Photo by Tafadzwa Ufumeli / Getty Images)

Zimbabwe will include the COVID-19 vaccination in the second round of its polio vaccination campaign set for early next month, a cabinet minister said Tuesday.

People queue for COVID-19 vaccination at a point set up by a mobile vaccination team at Buwi Secondary School on December 15, 2021 in Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe. (Photo by Tafadzwa Ufumeli / Getty Images)

Addressing a post-cabinet media briefing, Sekai Nzenza, acting minister of information, publicity and broadcasting services, said the COVID-19 vaccination would tackle the recent increase in new cases of 295 last week from 179 the week before.

She said that hospital admissions had also increased to 26 last week from 13 reported the previous week.

The minister said provinces continue to prioritize COVID-19 vaccinations in all schools, focusing on the secondary schools that have not yet reached the second dose coverage target of 70 percent.

Zimbabwe conducted the first round of polio vaccination throughout the country from October 27-30 to protect children below the age of five following an outbreak of the disease in neighboring Malawi and Mozambique.