By Tafadzwa Chigandiwa
Government has set its target for the national Covid-19 vaccination program at 100 000 citizens a day.
This was revealed by Finance Minister, Mthuli Ncube, Thursday at the R.G Mugabe International Airport in Harare where government received a consignment of 2 million Sinovac vaccines from China.
This is the largest consignment of Covid-19 vaccination shots that Zimbabwe has received so far.
Speaking to media, Ncube said government is expecting to reach the set target by december 2021.
“Our target is to vaccinate 100 thousand people per day, thats our current daily target and we are confident that by december we would have achieve it,” he said.
He also urged citizens to get vaccinated and protect themselves from severe Covid-19 infection.
Government is targeting to achieve herd immunity against Covid-19 by fully vaccinating 60% of Zimbabwe’s total population and gradually open its economy again.
“Vaccine is not about saving life only, but its about saving the economy too. We all know the economy thrives when all citizens are health.
“That is why we urging people to get vaccinated, for the government to enable to open its economy. So our target is to vaccinate 60% of the population,” he added.
Also present at the Sinovac arrival ceremony was deputy Minister of Health, Dr John Mangwiro.
“The arrival of the new vaccine doses is very crucial to our country and as the ministry of health we are happy that citizens are responding positively to this vaccination program,” Mangwiro said.