More than 11 000 people were vaccinated during the first four days of the mass vaccination roll-out in Victoria Falls, health officials have said.
The number constitutes just over a quarter of the entire Victoria Falls population which is estimated to be about 40 000, up from 33 000 reported during the 2012 census.
The second phase of the COVID-19 vaccination programme was launched in the city last Monday, with President Emmerson Mnangagwa receiving his first dose of the Sinovac vaccine.
Hwange District Medical Officer Dr Fungai Mvura said 11 915 people (6 594 males and 5 321 females) had been vaccinated with the first dose by Thursday. Said Dr Mvura:
So far the turn-out is promising as queues keep growing each day. The programme will continue at static sites and those who still want to be vaccinated will be attended there.
Static vaccination centres have been opened at Victoria Falls Hospital, Chinotimba Clinic, Zimbabwe Aids Project Clinic and ZRP Clinic while several mobile sites were established at hotels, companies, and street corners as the government move to achieve a 60 per cent herd immunity of the population.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health and Child Care said a total of 65 466 people had received their first jab while 7 965 had been given their second shot nationally against COVID-19 as of Saturday, 27 March 2020.
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