President Emmerson Mnangagwa has announced that the COVID-19 Vaccination Framework has been developed and finalised for the roll out of the vaccine.
Addressing a POLAD meeting today, President Mnangagwa debunked the previous notions by a health ministry official that MPs, ministers, and members of the security sector will be prioritized when it comes to vaccination.
He said in due time the government will announce the roll-out plan and the elderly, Frontline workers, and people with preexisting conditions will be prioritised.
Said, President Mnangagwa:
Resources have been reserved for the procurement of more vaccines. Modalities are also in place to facilitate the private sector and other organisations to make contributions towards vaccine procurement.
Furthermore, a COVID-19 Vaccination Framework has been developed and finalised for the roll out of the vaccine. As I have previously highlighted, the first phase of vaccination will prioritise frontline workers, the elderly and those with underlying medical conditions. The vaccines shall be state funded and free.
We are further thankful that the surge of COVID-19 infections and deaths witnessed between mid-December 2020 and January 2021 is beginning to recede. This followed a second wave of infections which was more contagious and fatal.
The President has also said that he will update the nation on the COVID-19 restrictions next week.