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US$7 Million Needed For Covid-19 Vaccination

Zimbabwe needs about US$ 7 million to complete its Covid-19 vaccination programme which is expected to begin this week, Nhau has learnt.

Yesterday President Mnangagwa announced that the vaccination programme would begin this week but minister of health Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga would announce the full programme.

According to a document on the Health ministry’s website titled “Covid Vaccine Deployment and Roll Out Plan,” the total estimated operational budget for all phases is US$6 778 777.

The total estimated cost for the first phase stage one is US$1,3 million.

The document also informs that the actual administration of the vaccine will be done at fixed and outreach points with one to two outreach teams of five being allocated per each rural district depending on the size.

Harare will have an allocation of 11 teams, Bulawayo four and Chitungwiza two.

The ministry assumes that vaccination will be conducted over 10 days in the first round and five days in the second round.

In phase one (stage one and two) of the programme the ministry is targeting 22 percent of the country’s population, that is 3 662 279 people.

In stage one, 49 000 health workers are targeted from the ministry while 4 200 will be from the Zimbabwe Defence Forces. *Nhau/Indaba*

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