By Primrose Tagutanadzo
Local churches are working with the Government in support of its drive to promote mandatory vaccination for church members in order for them to attend church services.
Under the reviewed lockdown regulations, churches have been allowed to conduct services under the already existing Covid-19 regulations and only allowing members who have been fully vaccinated to attend.
In a statement, Health and Child Care deputy minister Dr John Mangwiro said church members had to be vaccinated in order to curb the spread of Covid-19.
Under Operation Mara church leaders are being encouraged to bring their congregants to be vaccinated.
“When conducting church gatherings, church leaders must invite health workers or consult the nearest clinics and hospitals to help vaccinate all those who has not yet receive their vaccination,” said Dr Mangwiro.
He urged doctors and church leaders in the churches to encourage the public to vaccinated for the safety of fellow church members.
Family of God leader Prophet Utaunashe said churches must assist Government to reach its target during the vaccination programme.
“If churches follow Operation Mara they will be helping in the development of the country and the required number will be reached soon,” said Prophet Utaunashe.
A-45-year-old Zion Christian Church leader David Masaraure who had just received his vaccination said he was concerned about his wellbeing and the safety of others.
He said he was vaccinated to boost his immune system and for future protection.
“I have been vaccinated so that when in any chance get exposed to the virus my immune system will be strong to withstand the virus,” he said.
Masaraure said they were preaching and promoting awareness to church members on the importance of being vaccinated.
Government has a target of vaccinating 60 percent or ten million of the total population and only 1 619 463 million has been fully vaccinated while other 2 552 573 million has received only one jab.