BY JAIROS SAUNYAMA
BUSINESSPEOPLE and residents in Marondera have embarked on a massive COVID-19 vaccination campaign to boost herd immunity in the farming town.
The team is using social media platforms to distribute fliers on the advantages of being vaccinated among other methods.
The vaccination campaign is being held under the hashtag #MaronderaForHerdImmunityYesWeCan#.
The campaign has gathered momentum with politicians and influential people joining in, a move that is meant to curb the disastrous effects of the respiratory disease.
Marondera Urban Business Forum director Emmanuel Danha, who is leading the campaign, said there was need for a collective effort in encouraging residents and other citizens to get vaccinated.
“We decided to reach out to fellow residents on this worthy cause. This is in support of the government messaging to get Zimbabwe safe and protected. No one is safe until we all are. We are working well with Health ministry officials who are giving us guidance on this initiative,” he said.
“We complement government’s efforts in this for Marondera to achieve herd immunity, and perhaps be the second in the country after Victoria Falls to have so many people vaccinated. We are happy that we have politicians and influential people who have joined this campaign.”
Some of the residents have put posters on their vehicles encouraging others to get vaccinated.
Government has been at the forefront encouraging people to be vaccinated. More than two million have already been jabbed across the country.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration is targeting to vaccinate at least 60% of its adult population (about 10 million people) countrywide in order to reach heard immunity.
Meanwhile, the vaccination programme slowed down in Marondera Central province this week due to a shortage of first dose vaccines.
Government is targeting to vaccinate 122 454 people in Marondera district only.
The district comprises farms, where a number of farm workers have been infected with COVID-19.
As of July 29, Marondera district had 943 active cases and 95 deaths.
A total of 34 384 people got their first doses, while 16 160 have received their second jab.
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