Prioritise People Living With HIV In Vaccination Programme

By Lloyd Takawira

The World Health Organization has urged government to prioritize people living with HIV as they are at high risk of developing severe Covid-19 complications.

In a statement WHO said government should make sure people living with HIV are not left out in the ongoing national mass vaccination programme.

“PLHIV are 13% are more likely to be admitted to hospital with severe or critical Covid-19 after controlling for age, gender and comorbidities – the simultaneous presence of two or more diseases or medical conditions in a patient”.

WHO added, “PLHIV have a 30 percent increased risk of death independent of age, gender, severity at presentation once they contract Covid-19.

“They are more likely to die after admission to hospital with Covid-19.”

According to the Ministry of Health, Zimbabwe has an estimated 1, 4 million people living with HIV .

However, health experts have decried the information gap that has seen people living with HIV shunning the vaccination program owing to the various conspiracy theories spread mainly on social media.