VP Chiwenga Issues Warning To Zimbabweans Yet To Be Vaccinated Against Covid-19
Vice President Constantino Chiwenga has issued a strong warning to Zimbabweans who are not yet vaccinated against Covid-19. The Vice president warned that a time is coming when all people who are not vaccinated against the respiratory disease will be restricted from accessing public places.
VP Chiwenga was speaking in his capacity as the Minister of Health and Child Care. Chiwenga made the remarks while in Buhera where he was touring Dorowa, a phosphate mine on Sunday.
The former top military man said,
As the Minister of Health and Child Care, I will make sure that vaccination certificates will be required for people to access public places although we have relaxed a few things. I, therefore, encourage people to be vaccinated as it will be difficult to enjoy services when lockdown measures are relaxed.
We will allow you to watch soccer, watch cricket and enjoy food in a restaurant but you will be required to produce a vaccination certificate. We will not allow you to enter public places without a vaccination certificate.
While the government has previously said that vaccination is voluntary, it has also ordered all government workers to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, or lose pay if they refuse. Speaking after a cabinet meeting on July 20, Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said,
“In light of the continued rise in COVID-19 cases, cabinet approved the following: the decongesting of both public and private sector workplaces. In taking the lead, government has further reduced its workforce to 25%. Priority will be given to the vaccinated personnel; Two, that the courts of law be opened only for remand and urgent cases; and three, that all civil servants should be vaccinated and those that fall ill without having been vaccinated will not be entitled to the COVID-19 insurance,” Mutsvangwa said.
As of 05 September 2021, Zimbabwe has 125 550 confirmed cases of Covid-19, including 116 401 recoveries and 4 482 deaths. To date, a total of 2 713 548 people have been vaccinated against COVID-19 since the inoculation program started in February.
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