CHIVHU – There are reports of a slow uptake of the Sinopharm vaccine by frontline workers in Mash East, The Mirror has learnt.
Statistics gathered by the paper show that there are just 196 frontline workers in all the nine districts who were vaccinated on the first day on Monday.
Nurses in Masvingo Province fared better with a total of 805 vaccinated, according to information obtained by The Mirror.
In Masvingo, Zaka had the lowest uptake of 31 at the time of going to Press.
Chikomba district Covid-19 taskforce chairman Michael Mariga declined to comment. He said he was not on duty.
Health Deputy Minister John Mangwiro said he is yet to receive statistics on the vaccination programme.
Chivhu has 586 frontline workers targeted for vaccination under this programme but the majority are said to be reluctant to come forward to get the anti-corona jab.
“Many give the excuse that they have underlying conditions,” said a source.
Some nurses who spoke to The Mirror on condition of anonymity said that nurses are not happy with the amount of information available on the vaccine hence they are reluctant to get the jabs.
Mudzi District had the highest vaccination figure in the province with 54 health workers getting inoculated on the first day.
Zimbabwe Nurses Association president, Enock Dongo said the association was not going to decide for its members whether to get the jab or not.
Vaccination in Chikomba is taking place at Sadza and Chivhu hospitals.
A source said Government needed to conduct massive awareness campaigns to encourage voluntary inoculation because if health workers continue to be hesitant, then it will be disaster with members of the public. https://masvingomirror.com