By Providence Moyo
Medical practitioners have decried the loopholes within the vaccination campaign that have led to low uptake of the COVID19 vaccines.
Speaking during the virtual launch of the Vendors Initiative for Social and Economic Transformation (VISET) COVID 19 people’s vaccine campaign , Secretary General for Zimbabwe Doctors for Human Rights (ZDHR) , Dr Norman Matara said low uptake of the vaccine was due to the information gap.
” Information on the vaccines was not communicated prior to the commencement of the program leading to the public having little information and clinging to myths that had been circulated particularly on the Chinese vaccine.”
Dr Matara called for robust communication strategies .
“If the vaccination program is to be successful, there is a need for the stakeholders involved in the distribution of vaccines to the public , to develop a good communication strategy in relation to information dissemination prior to the distribution ” , said Dr Matara .
Speaking on achieving 60 percent herd immunity, Dr Matara said in order for the country to achieve it government should purchase 20 million doses of the COVID 19 vaccines.
He however urged members of the public to utilise the 1044 vaccination centres dotted around the country and get vaccinated.
By Thursday 15 April a cumulative total of 252 932 had received their first dose of the vaccine while a cumulative total to 32 949 had received their second dose of the vaccine .