‘Think of others’: elderly people in Zimbabwe dispel scepticism on Covid vaccine

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Sumary of ‘Think of others’: elderly people in Zimbabwe dispel scepticism on Covid vaccine:

  • They may be old, frail, and vulnerable but they are the foot soldiers at the front of Zimbabwe Covid vaccination drive..
  • There were worries the vaccine might cause her health complications but after a short assessment interview with a health worker, she received her first dose of the Sinopharm vaccine..
  • Peter Hadingham, 82, was initially turned away when health officials cited his age and asthma as possible risk factors, but a few weeks later he was thrilled to be accepted for his first dose..
  • Tafadzwa Ufumeli/Getty Images Health officials have recorded growing numbers of senior citizens getting the Sinopharm and the Sinovac vaccine as Zimbabweans begin to soften their attitudes towards the Chinese jab..
  • Dr Prosper Chonzi President Emmerson Mnangagwa launched the second phase of the country vaccination rollout on 24 March, covering people with pre-existing conditions, the elderly and those confined to settlements and institutions, such as prisons and refugee camps..
  • in March the World Food Programme reported that food insecurity, particularly among the urban poor, is soaring..
  • Parirenyatwa Hospital, one of the biggest in the country, was overwhelmed by Covid patients at the peak of the pandemic, just after Christmas..
  • Now its stressed health professionals are working their way through the long vaccination queue, a stark contrast to the low numbers who showed up during the first phase of the programme..
  • Health officials say there was initial scepticism about the efficacy of the Sinopharm vaccine, said by the government to be between 65% to 70% effective…

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