Mass vaccination begins in Byo

Source: Mass vaccination begins in Byo | The Herald

Mass vaccination begins in ByoPeople queue for Covid-19 vaccination at a clinic in Bulawayo yesterday. — Picture: Dennis Mudzamiri.

Bulawayo Bureau

BULAWAYO residents, mostly informal traders, thronged various mobile centres dotted across the city to get vaccinated against Covid-19 during the national mass exercise rolled out yesterday.

The vaccination programme will see 15 000 people from hotspots in the city being inoculated in less than 10 days.

The province is targeting to vaccinate at least 400 000 residents to achieve herd immunity, amid a surge in cases and deaths in the past few days.

The city can achieve herd immunity if 330 000 residents get vaccinated as 70 000 residents have already been inoculated.

Our Bulawayo Bureau visited selected vaccination centres yesterday and observed that people jostled to be inoculated.

In some centres, such as Cowdray Park Bus Terminus and Lobengula Street/Third Avenue in the city centre, the process moved smoothly with queues moving faster than other points such as City Hall, Renkini and Nkulumane Hall which were characterised by chaotic scenes as people shoved and pushed each other.

Police had a torrid time controlling meandering queues.