Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Monica Mutsvangwa recently in a post –Cabinet brief informed members of the media that Cabinet has seen that some provinces were lagging behind in terms of COVID-19 vaccination, therefore, the focus would be placed on such provinces so that they catch up with the rest of the country.
“The vaccination programme will be ramped up in provinces with low uptake such as Mashonaland Central and Mashonaland West provinces, and Chitungwiza where progress has been slow,” said Minister Mutsvangwa.
The Minister of Information said Cabinet had also taken a position to make other institutions access the COVID-19 vaccines after paying the required fees to the Ministry of Health so that those companies can have their staff members vaccinated.
“Cabinet further wishes to inform the nation that private companies, hotels and other institutions can access vaccines upon payment of the requisite fees to the Ministry of Health and Child Care.
“This is on the provision that they seek authority from the Ministry for qualified persons to conduct the vaccination of their staff and or patrons. Special care should also be taken to ensure that standard equipment is used for vaccination,” said the Minister of Information.
As of 31 August 2021, the country had 124773 confirmed cases, including 113057 recoveries and 4419 deaths. To date, a total of 2582705 people had received their first COVID-19 vaccine dose, while 1636498 people got their second doses.