Zimbabwe’s health workers are not prepared to administer the coronavirus vaccine despite the country receiving its first batch this Monday, a consignment of 200 000 doses of the Sinopharm inoculation donated by China.
The president of the Zimbabwe Nurses Association (ZINA), Enock Dongo said that nurses were never consulted nor informed about the vaccines and are yet to receive training on how to administer the jab. Said Dongo:
We as frontline workers and nurses particularly are ill-prepared. We have not received training to be able to also pass on the information to our clients.
There is a need for the government to ensure that the district centres are well capacitated to store the vaccines.
We tried to get the government to decongest hospitals for our safety, and also to provide adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) but it did not work.
So our hopes were pinned on the vaccine, but we do not know what it is.
Meanwhile, health officials on Sunday said when the vaccine arrives in the country, it would be subjected to a 48-hour verification by the Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ) before distribution.
The government said it has also purchased another 600 000 doses of the Sinopharm coronavirus vaccine and the consignment will be delivered in early March.