By Staff Reporter
Following the arrival of the second batch of the Covid 19 vaccines in the country on Tuesday stage two of phase one of the vaccination programme will commence immediately.
Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa speaking during the post cabinet media briefing said Stage Two of Phase One of the vaccination roll-out will include tobacco merchants and their workers, teachers and hospitality industry workers.
“In order to utilise the existing capacity as agreed at the last meeting, Cabinet resolved that Stage Two of Phase One of the vaccination roll-out will include tobacco merchants and their workers, teachers and hospitality industry workers, and this should commence immediately.”
According to Minister Mutsvangwa all provinces in the country have been covered under the stage one phase one of the programme with a total of 36 786 people having been vaccinated so far .
Minister Mutsvangwa also added that government was working on increasing awareness on the Covid 19 vaccine . She said the deployment vaccination plan and information on frequently asked questions had been translated into all official languages.
“The deployment vaccination plan is being disseminated as part of the awareness campaign and advocacy. It will help educate people that they will be vaccinated for free,” she said .
The country received 200 000 Sinopharm doses that were donated by China and 200 000 doses of the Sinovac vaccine that Government purchased.
Meanwhile Cabinet approved the Health Services Amendment Bill. Key features of the Bill include the designation of the Health Services as an essential service.
” The key features of the Bill will include designation of the health service as an essential service in line with Section 65(3) of the Constitution and substitution of the Health Services Board with the Health Services Commission and specifying the functions thereof. The Commission will comprise of the chairperson who must be the chair of the Civil Service Commission , a deputy chairperson and a minimum of two and maximum of five other members appointed by the President. There will also be an executive secretary who should be a medical doctor with at least seven years of experience and other staff members of the commission. Under the amended Bill, it shall be the responsibility of every member of the Health Service to ensure that emergency medical service and critical care service receive adequate coverage, even during times of job action,” said Minister Mutsvangwa