By Leslie Phiri
The mass vaccination program targeting all residents of Victoria Falls began in earnest yesterday with hundreds turning up at static and mobile vaccination sites in the City.
Long and winding queues of residents responding positively to the mass inoculation drive were witnessed as the city readies for the full resumption of tourist activities in the country’s tourism hub.
Breeze FM Executive Producer, Leslie Phiri spoke to some residents who were vaccinated and this is what they had to say:
” I was vaccinated today , i am 19 , i did not feel any pain i still feel the same . All the stories i have been hearing about the vaccine i not true nothing has happened to me after getting the vaccine. I want to urge everyone in Victoria Falls to get vaccinated”.
A large number of cross border traders also turned up for vaccination expressing excitement at the drive saying it will reduce their chances of contracting the virus as they travel across borders.
” As a cross border trader i know there will come a time when i have to produce proof that i have been vaccinated in order to conduct my business . At least now that i am vaccinated i will be protected from the virus when i go outside the country.”
According to the Environmental Health Officer for Victoria Falls City Council, Micheal Ncube, given the City’s nature of the economy, vaccination will ensure that the City is at low risk from contracting the virus when the tourism industry if fully functional.
The vaccination program continues this week for all Victoria Falls residents above the age of 18 at the six sites that have been selected for the roll out programme.
These sites are Chinotimba Clinic and Hospital, Health Bridge, ZRP clinic, Beat Aids Clinic, Truck stop clinic and Mkhosana clinic.
Meanwhile President Emmerson Mnangagwa is expected to take his first jab of the Sinovac vaccine in Victoria Falls on Wednesday as he launches the second phase of the Covid 19 vaccination program.