The Nelson Chamisa-led MDC Alliance has claimed credit for the improved uptake of COVID-19 vaccinations by members of the public over past few days.
According to the Ministry of Health and Child Care, 48 391 people received the first dose on Friday, while the figures were 59 872, 45 184 and 63 059 on Thursday, Wednesday, and Tuesday respectively.
MDC Alliance secretary-general Chalton Hwende, who has been an active supporter of vaccination, claimed on Friday that it was through the efforts of his party that vaccine hesitancy has been eradicated.
“Statistics show that the number of Zimbabweans who were vaccinated increased significantly this week following a sustained campaign by the MDC Alliance leadership encouraging citizens to get vaccinated against COVID-19,” Hwende said.
However, Presidential spokesperson George Charamba immediately laid into Hwende, saying if the MDC Alliance wanted credit for the vaccine uptake, it must also take blame for the deaths and infections that occurred when it was silent about vaccination.
“In communication, we are taught to check where the exit door is as you enter a room; you never know how you leave the room. Let’s get the obverse to this preposterous claim: Does the MDC-A accept responsibility for all the dead and dying, the sick and very sick?” Charamba asked rhetorically.
Reports indicate that there has been a stampede for vaccines across the country for over a month now since the onset of the COVID-19 third wave, and shortages have been reported at some vaccination centres.
Government is expecting 1 million vaccine doses this week.