Zimbabwe's Covid-19 vaccination card

Bulawayo closer to herd immunity as nearly 50% now fully vaccinated

The Bulawayo figures of over 47% are well above Zimbabwe’s national average of 14% of the entire population who have been fully vaccinated to date.

BULAWAYO as well as Matabeleland North Province are performing well in terms of the vaccination figures amid indications that one in every two residents of Bulawayo has been fully vaccinated.

Finance and Economic Development Minister Mthuli Ncube has revealed that Bulawayo is now on 47,7 percent in terms of the city’s population that has vaccinated as it inches closer towards attaining herd immunity.

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Herd immunity occurs when a large portion of a community (the herd) becomes immune to a disease, making the spread of disease from person to person unlikely. As a result, the whole community becomes protected — not just those who are immune.

Speaking during a 2022 pre-budget seminar that was held in Victoria Falls yesterday, Ncube said the city, together with Matabeleland North Province were performing well in terms of the vaccination figures.

“As at 17 October 2021, about 3,2 million first doses had been administered, while 2,5 million people had received their second doses. The leading provinces are Bulawayo and Matabeleland North at 47,7 percent and 42,4 percent, respectively.

“These figures translates to a national average of 37,9 percent for first dose and 29,1 percent for the second dose. At the end of September 2021, Government had spent about US$127 million towards procurement of almost 16,2 million vaccines and 16,2 million syringes. The target is to reach 60 percent herd immunity,” said Ncube.

The Bulawayo figures of over 47% are well above Zimbabwe’s national average of 14% of the entire population who have been fully vaccinated to date.

He further revealed that mobilisation of additional resources was underway to ensure that the target population is fully vaccinated.

“Government also acknowledges the support from Development Partners to complement efforts in addressing the Covid-19 pandemic. By end of September, the country had received US$137,6 million and 1 085 000 vaccines from the Development Partners to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.

“To mitigate the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, Government is utilising the budget surplus of US$100 million from the previous year to procure vaccines to save lives and livelihoods,” said the Finance Minister.

According to the latest statistics from the Ministry of Health and Child Care, as of Friday the country recorded 48 new cases and one death with the cumulative total being pegged at 132 588 confirmed cases, including 126 978 recoveries and 4 663 deaths, with a total of 3 258 675 people have been vaccinated.

In Africa, only 15 out of 54 countries have achieved the 10% target. Half of the countries on the continent have vaccinated less than 2% of their population.

More than 50 countries have missed the World Health Organization’s (WHO) target for 10% of their populations to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 by the end of September.

Most are in Africa, where the WHO’s overall figure for those fully vaccinated is currently 4.4%.

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