The government of Zimbabwe will reportedly consider mandatory COVID-19 vaccination in a bid to contain the COVID-19 pandemic currently ravaging the entire planet if persuasion does not yield desired results, Newsday reports.
According to the publication the government is considering mandatory vaccination due to resistance that is coming from some sectors of the population. Reports coming from some parts of the country are saying there has been a low turnout by health workers at most health centers throughout the country.
Some frontline workers are reportedly saying they are unsure of the efficacy of the donated vaccine. This was insinuated by President Mnangagwa’s press secretary George Charamba who using his Twitter handle Jamwanda 2 said:
Generally, government takes the view of persuasion as a weapon of first instance. Only when that fails does it ratchet up pressure through coercion, especially where minors are involved. You can’t condemn an age that can’t decide to die or take hazards of dying
Jamwanda’s tweet was met with hostility by some Twimbos, one Human Rights Doctor Shingai Feresu said there was no rationale behind mandatory COVID-19 vaccination:
Let me be clear here. I don’t see the rationale of compulsory vaccination. As a human rights advocate, this would be a violation of the highest degree. Only when the situation is dire (do) you invoke the Public Health Act. With deaths around 10 per day for a population of 15 million, you can’t invoke it.
The Zimbabwe Nurses Association (ZINA) president Enock Dongo said the uptake of the vaccine was low because there was no adequate information on the vaccine for the frontline workers to make informed decisions.
So far the government has managed to vaccinate 7872 frontline workers since the vaccine came into the country last week.