President Emerson Mnangagwa Sunday urged Zimbabweans to receive the coronavirus vaccine saying it was the best way to defeat the deadly virus.
In a short video posted on his social media accounts, the president said the vaccines help to minimise the risk of infection and citizens should receive the jab which is being administered free of charge. He said:
Since 2020, Zimbabwe like the rest of the world, has been fighting COVID-19, we have lost many of our loved ones and those who have survived are still coming to terms with the trauma, our way of life has changed as we adjust to the new normal.
Many have been asking, is there a way out? Is there protection against COVID-19? Well, I am here to tell you that you and I have a role to play in this fight.
COVID-19 vaccines have been delivered to Zimbabwe, these vaccines help minimise the risk of infection and are being administered all over Zimbabwe free of charge.
You and I need to defeat the disease. So get vaccinated now, this is our stand against COVID-19, together we will conquer, get vaccinated now.
The government has also authorised the emergency use of other vaccines including the Russian made Sputnik V, another Chinese manufactured vaccine Sinovac and the Indian made Covaxin vaccine.
Zimbabwe has, however, a long way to go in inoculating the majority of its citizens with just over 35 000 frontline workers – mainly medical staff – have received their first dose of the Sinopharm vaccine so far.