Unvaccinated Citizens To Be Barred From Public Spaces
President Emmerson Mnangagwa has urged Zimbabweans to get vaccinated against Covid-19 or they will soon be barred from all public spaces.
New Zimbabwe reports that the President was speaking in Nyamandlovu, Matabeleland North province on Thursday.
The president also revealed that the government was expecting to purchase another 1,8 million doses from China.
He then warned citizens who are avoiding vaccination that they would be barred from all public spaces.
A person who has been vaccinated is issued with a “Covid-19 Vaccination Card”.
“Don’t forget your Covid-19 Vaccination Card for the second dose. Make sure you keep this record card in your wallet. Keep it in a safe place,” the card reads in part.
The publication also reports that Mnangagwa’s spokesperson George Charamba confirmed the warning saying:
“Cde ED Mnangagwa, today (Thursday) broke his silence on whether or not (to take) the Covid-19 vaccination remains voluntary forever,” Charamba said after Mnangagwa’s speech.
Charamba also said those wishing to abstain from the vaccination program are free to do so, for as long as they accept the onerous trade-off: namely that they may have to be barred from public spaces, including accessing offices, shops, or riding mass transits like ZUPCO.
Charamba also said the leadership has and continues to demonstrate the safety of the country’s chosen vaccines by being the first ones to have the vaccines administered on them.
Mnangagwa also spoke of the companies who had approached the government with proposals to import Covid-19 vaccines.
“If any company buys vaccines, they must be distributed freely. The Ministry of Health supported by (Finance Minister Mthuli) Ncube also bought two sets yesterday (Wednesday), 600 000 doses which will come during the first two weeks of March and another 1,2 million doses.”
Zimbabwe rolled out the national immunization program last week after receiving a donation of 200 000 Sinopharm doses from China.
Last week, VP Chiwenga was the first official to be vaccinated when the program was rolled out in Harare.
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