Government, in efforts to address concerns over shortage of health workers, is set to deploy army personnel to assist in fast tracking the vaccination process as COVID-19 cases continue to soar.
Recently fears of exacerbating the spread of Covid-19 had been raised after vaccination points were evidently failing to attend to scores of people looking to get inoculated.
Addressing the media, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said in order to minimize the time spent in queues, extra personnel from security and defence forces had been harnessed so as to increase the numbers of personnel at the vaccination centres.
“Cabinet advises that the roll out of the vaccines to hotspot areas and border posts is in full swing. Massive vaccination will also be extended to rural areas which are identified as hotspots.
“The Ministry of Health and Child Care, working with relevant Government Departments, is taking measures to ensure that vaccination, rapid response and case management teams are supported with vehicles, fuel and subsistence allowance to ensure that the country achieves herd immunity,” said Mutsvangwa.
She added that the Ministry of Health and Child Care has printed adequate stocks of vaccinations cards with security features and is expediting the distribution process to all provinces.
Sinopharm and Sinovac COVID-19 vaccines, according to Mutsvangwa, are now available on the COVAX Platform and Government is set to take advantage of the African Union Facility to boost local supplies of the inoculations.
Meanwhile, of the 2 million doses of vaccines received last week, every province received 50 000 first doses except for Harare and Bulawayo who each got 100 000 doses.
A total of 1.5 million vaccine doses will be distributed this coming week and the jabs will be available to everyone, with frontline personnel still being prioritized at vaccination centres.