Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) has announced that booster shots for frontline workers, the elderly and those with chronic illnesses are now available in the country.
Deputy Health and Child Care Minister Dr. John Mangwiro said that the boosters will be administered with immediate effect.
This follows a spike in Covid-19 cases in neighbouring South Africa and 24 other countries throughout the world following the detection of a new Covid-19 variant named Omicron by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
“Covid-19 booster shot now available for frontline workers and those with chronic diseases and the elderly with immediate effect – Dr John Mangwiro, Dep Min of Health and Child Care,” the State broadcaster said in a tweet.
The United States, the United Kingdom and several countries in the European Union have issued travel bans mainly for travelers coming from Southern Africa to ‘contain’ the spread of the variant after its detected in South Africa and Botswana.
Cases have also been detected in the country and health officials are still carrying out genomic sequencing.
However, experts are advising governments to scale up vaccination and adherence to WHO protocols such as masking and social distancing rather than implementing bans and lockdowns.
According to MohCC’s national statistics, Zimbabwe recorded 1 042 new cases as of yesterday, which shows a spike in infections compared to previous weeks.