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Zvishavane To Reach Herd Immunity By Year End: Health Official

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The Zvishavane Environmental Health Officer, Patrick Mabusa has revealed that Zvishavane is on course to reach herd immunity by the end of December this year.

Speaking during the covid 19 webinar hosted by YAFM and Great Dyke TV, Mabusa said so far the district is at 62 % interms of vaccination for the first dose.

“In terms current covid-19 statistics for our district as of 15 December 2021, we have vaccinated a total number of 54 808, that is for the first dose, for 16 and 17 year olds we have vaccinated 2644, giving us a total of 62% of the people who got the first dose.

“For the second dose, we have 44 778 fully vaccinated people for all age groups with 1 365 being 16-17 years.

“We are now at 52,3 % for all age groups who have been fully vaccinated.

However, we have not yet reached the herd immunity but we are hoping that by end of December we should have reached our herd immunity of 60% as well as reaching the national target which is 80%.

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“People who are 16 years and above are eligible forvaccination but however there are some people whom we exempt, those with critical conditions such as illness and those who are pregnant, “he said.

He also added that Zvishavane District is working on a vaccination implementation programme with different stakeholders including mining companies around the area.

“In terms of vaccination implementation, as a district we have a number of strategies. We do outreach programmes as well as covid-19 accelerated vaccination programmes. Our aim is to bring the health service delivery to the doorstep of our community members.

“We have partners helping us in the fight against covid-19. Some of the partners include Mimosa Mine, Murowa Diamonds, Sabi Gold Mine, not forgetting our local radio station YAFM which helps us in information dissemination programmes as well as providing broadcasting vehicles,” Mabusa said.

The virtual conference ran under the theme ‘Riding out the fourth wave’ with the aim of helping the nation navigate and understand more on the fourth wave and the new variant omicron.


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