No jab, No Zupco policy on cards

ZIMBABWEANS will soon not be allowed to get onto public transport without producing proof of vaccination, Cabinet resolved yesterday.
This statement corroborates what the Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa said in February unvaccinated individuals will not have access to Zupco buses.
Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Minister Senator Monica Mutsvangwa said at a post cabinet media breifing they want to create additional vaccination sites.
“Focus continues to be on preventing a 4th wave of the COVID-19 outbreak. Accordingly, Cabinet adopted the following additional measures:
1. Government will be Establishing vaccination sites at the main intra and inter-city bus termini, so as to ensure that those not vaccinated but wish to do so can have doses administered before they board the public transport;
2. 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.Zupco employees were given an ultimatum that in they remained unvaccinated by August this year, their jobs would be forfeited.Meanwhile, Health and Child Care Ministry will continue to collaborate with Primary and Secondary Education Ministry on the vaccination of the 16-to-17 year age group in schools.
Latest vaccination figures show 2 910 953 were fully vaccinated while 3 896 589 have had their first dose. The number of new COVID-19 cases was 4 031 from the previous day’s 2 555. Five sucummbed to COVID-19 related illnesses compared to Monday’s three.Zimbabwe is expecting another donation from China of the Chinese Vaccines.”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. 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,” she said.Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Honourable Dr Fredrick Makamure Shava who attended the 8th Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) summit in Dakar, Senegal noted that under the Medical and Health Programme – China pledged to provide one billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines, including 600 million as direct donations and 400 million doses to be jointly produced by Chinese and identified African countries in order to help Africa achieve its goal of vaccinating 60% of its population by 2022. “Zimbabwe will make a submission to be one of those African countries,” Minister Mutsvangwa said.

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