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Gweru warms up to COVID-19 vaccination



Gweru residents have embraced the COVID-19 vaccination programme with more than 11 000 receiving both Sinopharm and Sinovax jabs so far, a senior council official has said.

Mayor Josiah Makombe yesterday said vaccine uptake was low during the first phase of the vaccination programme, but has since gradually increased following council’s “intense health promotion activities”.

“Looking at the city’s preparedness for the ongoing vaccination exercise, the city health department in conjunction with the Ministry of Health and Child Care designated all the city health facilities to be vaccination centres. There was the formation of the outreach teams which visited educational and other institutions in the citywide rollout of the programme.”

He said the city had entered into partnership with First Mutual Health, FHI-360 and Gweru Polytechnic College among others as part of efforts to smoothly roll out the vaccination programme.

Makombe said 90% of councillors and council management, 70% of the health workforce and 100% of the fire and ambulance
services employees have since received vaccination doses.

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