Bulawayo far from reaching herd immunity- PMD says

Nompilo Mathuthu

Newly appointed Bulawayo Provincial Medical Director (PMD) , Dr Marphios Siamuchembu , says the city is on course in its Covid 19 vaccination program but far from reaching herd immunity.

Dr Siamuchembu said although the program was going on the number of vaccinations was not pleasing.

” So far in Bulawayo metropolitan province the vaccination program is going on fairly well but not as much as we expected.

The latest figures show that about 47% of Bulawayo’s adult population that is eligible for vaccination, is fully vaccinated .

To achieve herd immunity we need between 60 % to 80% of the whole population to be vaccinated .

So we still have a very long way to go before we reach our target”.

According to statistics from Ministry of Health and Child Care as at October 27 223 883 people had been vaccinated fully in Bulawayo with both doses.

Dr Siamuchembu added that Science has proven the safety and efficiency of the vaccines used in Zimbabwe in reducing the severity of the disease hence a decline in hospitalisation cases and the number of deaths.

He also urged residents to be safe from the predicted 4th wave and continue with hand hygiene, the correct wearing of face masks , physical distancing and making sure to avoid crowding.

“My message to the residents in Bulawayo Metropolitan province is that they should present themselves for vaccination . The world is getting ready and anticipating the 4th wave ,which we anticipate will be more severe than the 3rd wave we have just come from”.

Government last month announced that Bulawayo could be the second city in the country to achieve herd immunity after Victoria Falls .

Vaccination centres are still open throughout the City .

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