By Mutsa Makuvaza
GOVERNMENT says its Ministers, MPs as well as frontline healthcare staff will be among the first to get the COVID-19 vaccines once they are available.
Open Parly quotes a Ministry of Health official, Dr. Mudyirandima, saying when Zimbabwe finally get its hands on the COVID-19 vaccine, the list of the people who will be prioritized for vaccination is
- Frontline workers
- Members of the security sector
The official did not give a reason why those mentioned above will be given priority over the elderly and the vulnerable like in other countries.
Just like in other countries, vaccines will not be available for everyone immediately, and a prioritisation system will have to be applied. South Africa, for example, this weekend announced plans to vaccinate 67% of the population, roughly 40 million people in order to achieve population immunity.
The South African government said there will be a three-phased approach based on the availability of vaccines:
– Phase one: target a population of 1.25 million; front-line healthcare workers (HCW) would be first in line.
– Phase two: target population of 2 500 000: this would include police officers, miners and workers in the security, retail food, funeral, teachers, banking, essential municipal workers and home affairs, border control and port health services.
– Phase two: target population of 1 100 000: this includes people in care homes, 60 years and older, people older than 18 years with co-morbidities, detention centres, shelters and prisons. In addition, people working in the hospitality and tourism industry, and educational institutions.
– Phase three: target population of 22 500 000 – from the rest of the population.
Zimbabwe is yet to acquire the COVID-19 vaccine. President Mnangagwa addressed the nation on Saturday and only said the vaccine is on the way, adding that experts are still to decide who to procure the vaccines from. – Zimbabwe Voice 🔺