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Foreigners Flock Into Zimbabwe To Get Covid-19 Vaccine With No Hassles

Foreigners Flock Into Zimbabwe To Get Covid-19 Vaccine With No Hassles


Foreigners Flock Into Zimbabwe To Get Covid-19 Vaccine

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Syringes wand vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine are prepared to be administered to front-line health care workers under an emergency use authorization at a drive up vaccination site from Renown Health in Reno, Nevada on December 17, 2020. (Photo by Patrick T. Fallon / AFP) (Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images)

 

Zimbabwe has been receiving plaudits, some of them given begrudgingly, for its well run national Covid-19 vaccination programme. And now foreigners, particularly South Africans, are flocking into the country to get their Covid-19 vaccine shots.

Zimbabwe’s national Covid-19 vaccination programme was launched on February 18, by Vice President Constantino Chiwenga. Under the programme, any Zimbabwean who is 18 years and older can get the Covid-19 vaccine for free and with no hassles at their local clinics.

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President Emmerson Mnangagwa also announced that foreigners can get their vaccine shots in Zimbabwe at a cost, after noting that other countries’ vaccination programmes are still facing challenges.

“Zimbabweans will get the vaccine for free, but for foreigners who come here, they will receive the vaccine at a cost. This is a human element, we cannot deny anybody the vaccine, but if you are not Zimbabwean we will give you the vaccine at a cost,” Mnangagwa said.

Zimbabwe has so far authorised the use of four Covid-19 vaccines: China’s Sinopharm and Sinovac vaccines, Russia’s Sputnik V and Covaxin from India.

It seems that foreigners took notice of President Mnangagwa’s words and are now flocking into IZmbabwe to get their Covid-19 shots. Most of the vaccine tourists seem to be coming from South Africa, where they say they are still not eligible to get the vaccine.

 

Foreigners Flock Into Zimbabwe To Get Covid-19 Vaccine
Foreigners Flock Into Zimbabwe To Get Covid-19 Vaccine (Image: Reuters)

Foreigners have to pay US$70 (approximately R984) to get both shots of the Covid-19 vaccine, something which most of them regard as reasonable.

Grant Evans, a Zimbabwean businessman who brought his extended family from South Africa for the Covid-19 vaccine shots told Agencies,

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“The Covid-19 vaccine rollout is slow in SA, and my extended family in Cape Town needed to get vaccinated. We made a decision to bring them to Zimbabwe to get vaccinated. The private clinics in Zimbabwe are charging foreign nationals $70 for both jabs, we are happy to pay and it sounds reasonable,”


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