As of Monday, 69 751 people had been inoculated, which is a 60 percent jump from 43 295 people who had received the vaccine on Monday last week, Great Dyke News 24 reports.
Speaking during the Demystifying Covid-19 Vaccination virtual conference hosted by YAFM and Great Dyke TV recently, Chief Coordinator National Covid-19 Response, Dr. Agnes Mahomva said the government is very confident that they will reach the numbers that they want to be vaccinated.
“As I’m seating here in Harare, there are long queues at Wilkins and Parirenyatwa and we are ramping up, adding teams and we are very confident that we will reach the numbers that we want and there are no two ways about it.
“We are trying, by all means, to make sure that we get enough vaccines so that we don’t run out. We have confidence and don’t hesitate to come and be vaccinated.
“The jab is there to stimulate some antibodies that are created to fight this enemy, and once you do that, you are immune so at an individual level to will be able to protect yourself but science has also learnt that if in a community you get a number of people like 60 % and above for us in Zimbabwe vaccinated , it means that disease is not able to spread in your communities and that is what we call herd immunity,” she said.
She added that, “If you have got ten people who are vaccinated, and the eleventh person comes on board with the infection, they are not able to pass the infection to the people around.
“So far we have vaccinated 69 751 for their first doses and those going for their second doses are now at 11 859 and l have received my two doses so far and I am very excited because l have protected myself and my community,” she said.
Meanwhile, more than one million Sinovac Covid 19 vaccines procured by Government from China arrived at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport on Tuesday.
This is the second consignment of vaccines bought by the Government after the initial 144 000 doses that were received last week. The vaccines procured by Government are being complemented by donations from the Governments of China, India, and Russia.