Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga, who is also the Health and Childcare minister, says the country aims to achieve 60 percent herd immunity from COVID-19 by the end of this year.
Chiwenga was speaking on Thursday at the Midlands provincial COVID-19 vaccination rollout launch at Kwekwe General Hospital where President Emmerson Mnangagwa received his second jab. Said Chiwenga:
I am happy with our vaccination programs throughout the country which have seen 300 000 people having received their first doses so far.
Our target is to reach what we call herd immunity by year-end as we seek to get back to normal life after the devastating effects of the COVID-19.
Zimbabwe plans to innoculate 10 million of its citizens to achieve herd immunity and as of 23 April 2021, 319 732 people had received their first COVID-19 vaccination dose while 46 253 had received the second jab.
Chinese-developed vaccines, Sinopharm, and Sinovac vaccines are the main vaccines available locally even though their efficacy is questionable.