Govt to set Covid-19 vaccination sites at bus ranks

The government has said it will soon establish vaccination sites at the main intra and intercity bus ranks to administer Covid-19 vaccines to the unvaccinated who wish to use public transport as part of the additional measures to contain the Covid-19 fourth wave.

Speaking during the post-cabinet media briefing yesterday, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said the cabinet has noted with concern a sharp increase in the average total number of new cases reported per day during the past two weeks.

“The nation is advised that, as of 6 November 2021, the country’s cumulative Covid-19 cases stood at 141 601, with 128 966 recoveries and 4 713 deaths. The recovery rate was 93 percent with 7 922 active cases having been reported,” said Mutsvangwa.

The cabinet also warned citizens that there will come a time when people will not be allowed to board public transport without a valid vaccination card.

‘The Ministry of Health and Child Care will continue to collaborate with the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education on the vaccination blitz of the 16 to 17-year age group in schools,” she said.

Mutsvangwa added that citizens are urged to adhere to the World Health Organization (WHO) Covid-19 protocols.

“Government, therefore, calls upon citizens to strictly observe the national and WHO covid-19 protocols, most importantly the regulations contained in Statutory Instrument (SI)267 announced last week, which will be strictly enforced,” she said.

She added that on the procurement of vaccines, 1.25 million doses of Sinopharm vaccines were delivered on 6 December 2021, constituting the first batch of the 2.5 million doses procured.

“The remaining 1.25 million vaccines of the order are expected before the end of the week, The Country is also expecting a donation of one million doses from the people’s republic of China

“Government assures the citizenry that the country has adequate stocks of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), sanitizers and medicines required for supportive management of Covid-19,” she said.

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