By Branton Matondo
As Covid 19 -Omicron panic and fear rises, Government through a recent cabinet held in the capital has cautioned all unvaccinated citizens to get jabbed as they might face disadvantages in the near future.
This comes after the nation has joined the Omicron bandwagon including South Africa, Botswana, Hong Kong and a majority of European nations.
While addressing a panel of journalist in the capital, Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services Monica Mutsvangwa said that the future is not bright for people who are not yet vaccinated as they might be banned from accessing basic needs.
“Please note that there will be a time when people will not be allowed to board public transport without a valid vaccination card,” she said.
Government is pushing for the establishment of vaccination points at various bus terminus. Mutsvangwa added that such a programme is being propelled to cater for all people who are not yet vaccinated.
“Government will be establishing vaccination sites at the main intra and inter city bus terminus so as to ensure that those not vaccinated but wish to do so can have them administered before they board the public transport,” she added.
The report by the Minister of Health and Child Care shows that governments focus is vested on the current fourth wave as cases have sharp shooted in the past week.
“Cabinet notes, with concern that there has been an increase in the average total number of cases reported per day during the past weeks. Government therefore calls upon citizens to strictly observe the national and WHO Covid-19 protocols,” read the report.
Government confirmed the procurement of vaccines of vaccines from which is meant to facilitate head immunity. The first batch was dispatched for populace vaccination on the 6th of December while the rest is yet to be obtained from the Republic of China.
“On the procurement of vaccines, it is advised that 1.25 million doses of Sinopharm vaccines were delivered on 6 December 2021, constituting the first batch of the 2.5 million doses procured. The remaining 1.25 million vaccines of the Order are expected before the end of the week. The country is also expecting a donation of one million doses from the People’s Republic of China,”read the report.
Government assures the citizenry that the country has adequate stocks of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), sanitisers and medicines required for supportive management of COVID-19.