President Emmerson Mnangagwa has urged citizens to get vaccinated for COVID-19 to boost government efforts towards achieving the targeted herd immunity of 10 million people.
Announcing additional lockdown guidelines meant to reduce the spread of COVID-19 pandemic during the Easter holiday yesterday, President Mnangagwa urged people to be wary of a third wave of the pandemic which is already attacking some nations of the world.
“Zimbabweans will be celebrating Easter holidays from this Friday, April 2, 2021. This Christian Commemoration ends on April 5 when our nation celebrates Easter Monday.
“People from different localities are encouraged to come forward to designated centres for vaccination so that our nation builds towards herd immunity,” he said.
Mnangagwa said the risk of disease transmission during the period is predictably high hence all health protocols should be adhered to including wearing of masks and social distancing.
“In keeping with Christian practices, Zimbabweans flock to different places of worship, with some visiting Holy Shrines. Still others may travel beyond our borders for the same purpose,” he said.
“The general public is encouraged to defer unnecessary travel outside localities of residence. Those with valid PCR negative certificates will self-quarantine at home or in a hotel for 10 days from day of arrival into the country.
“Tourists who volunteer to be vaccinated can access vaccination services available in our country at their own cost,” said President Mnangagwa..
Of late, Zimbabwe has registered a steady decline in Covid-19 cases while national vaccination programme has seen more than 60 000 citizens being inoculated.
He said while boarding school learners would not be allowed to return home, equally parents were barred from visiting children as part of measures to contain a further spike in Covid-19 infections.