While the government is at pains to explain the efficacy and effectiveness of the Chinese Sinopharm and Sinovac Covid-19 vaccines, the minister of Finance and Economic Development Mthuli Ncube has joined a band wagon of government officials in trying to convince the nation to get vaccinated.
Speaking at the Chombwe pfumvudza demonstration field day programme on Saturday in Chivi, Ncube said the Covid-19 vaccines were very safe saying he actually got his second dose of the vaccine and was still lucid.
Though Ncube could not disclose which jab he took, he said Zimbabweans should embrace vaccination to save themselves from Covid-19.
“Covid-19 is real and it kills. We are lucky as a country that we have begun a vaccination rollout programme and it is my plea to the nation that you get vaccinated.
“The vaccines we are getting from China are very safe and people should take them without any hesitation.
“I have actually taken my second dose of the vaccine and I am feeling ok. We have to get our people vaccinated,” said Ncube.
He dismissed speculations and misinformation surrounding the Chinese vaccine saying the government would never expose its people to risk and danger by passing an unverified product.
“There has been a lot of negative information on the vaccine from different social media platforms and its time people understand that we can never do anything unprofessional to risk people’s lives, the vaccine is safe and I assure everyone that it is the only way to fight this pandemic,’’ said Ncube.
He said Zimbabwe would be receiving about a million doses of Covid-19 vaccines monthly to ensure that a huge population gets vaccinated.
Speaking at the same event, Minister of State for Masvingo Provincial Affairs and Devolution Ezra Chadzamira said Masvingo expects to receive another consignment of Covid-19 vaccines after using up the first batch of 22 000 which was enough to vaccinate 11 000 people.