Thousands of Covaxin Vaccine Recipients To Restart The First Dose

The Zimbabwean government has informed the thousands of Zimbabweans who received their first doses of the Indian Covaxin vaccine in May and June to consider restarting the vaccination process with a different vaccine.

According to COVID-19 coordinator Dr Agnes Mahomva, this is due to the failure of the government to acquire additional Covaxin doses for the affected persons to receive the second dose and complete their vaccination. The Zimbabwean government failed to procure the additional vaccine due to the prevalent Delta variant in India which has so far claimed the lives of millions of people in the Asian country.

Dr Mahomva advised Covaxin recipients who got the first dose to approach any health centre and get inoculated again with another vaccine.

"Indeed, we had rolled out the Indian Covaxin but the country was hit by a horrible third wave which made it difficult for us to access more doses for our members of the public who had received the first dose.

"Unfortunately, it’s a development that is beyond the Government and the least we can do is keep checking for availability as India is still struggling to contain the pandemic at the moment.

"Those who received the first doses of Covaxin in May and June are free to start the whole process afresh and access a new vaccine.

"Unfortunately, they won’t be able to mix vaccines as some suggested hence they should start afresh or continue waiting for the availability of the Covaxin which cannot be guaranteed now," she said.

India donated 35 000 doses of its vaccine early this year, with a promise of 35 000 more doses to come, but due to the prevailing third wave, India failed to deliver an additional doses that were promised.

As a result, Zimbabwe is now rolling out only Sinopharm, Sinovac and the Sputnik V vaccine.

Sydney Chako

Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics teacher at Sytech Learning Academy. From Junior Secondary School to Tertiary Level Engineering Mathematics and Engineering Science.

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