Zimbabwe is now experiencing a third COVID-19 wave and will need all citizens to collectively fight against it and embrace the national vaccination programme.
This was said by Vice President and Minister of Health and Child Care Constantino Chiwenga on Thursday while speaking at the official handover of medical equipment from Satewave Technologies to Sally Mugabe Central Hospital in Harare. He said:
We are already facing the third wave and we all need to fight this invisible enemy. For us to win the war, we must all cooperate.
We will be going on a full war to make sure that this invisible enemy is defeated, but we want cooperation from every one of you, from every Zimbabwean.
Chiwenga urged vendors operating in all marketplaces across the country to be vaccinated to ensure they did not spread the disease to custom. He said:
Those who want to trade must have a Covid-19 vaccination certificate. If you have no vaccination why should you sell and become a super spreader?
If one wants to sell at a market place the individual must get vaccinated to protect themselves and the next person.
… It is no longer an issue of saying one does not want to get vaccinated but posing a danger to others.
We have realised that people are dying so we want everyone to be vaccinated so that you protect yourself and the next person.
Currently, the vaccines are only being administered to people between the ages of 18 and 70 but Chiwenga said the government was conducting research into the vaccination of younger age groups.