By Patience Chipembere
Media practitioners who under the Covid-19 government set regulations are categorised as providing an essential service have started receiving the Covid-19 vaccine.
The first batch of the vaccine sourced from China arrived in the country two weeks back and since then locals have been called upon to get vaccinated.
Journalists from various media houses have received their first dose of the vaccine.
Slymedianews caught up with some journalists at Wilkins Infectious Diseases Hospital in Harare who had recieved the vaccine.
H Metro’s Rest Mutore said he did not regret getting vaccinated.
“I have been waiting for the vaccine and I made a conscious decision to come here,” he said.
” It is unfortunate people are being misled by the conspiracies about the vaccine.
“I hope people will soon realize the importance of getting vaccinated.”
Health Times Editor in chief publisher Michael Gwarisa said as a journalist, apart from just informing others he thought he could also boost confidence to his colleagues who seemed sceptical at getting the jab at first.
“I got vaccinated because I believe this is probably our only shot and defeating the virus.
The virus is here to stay but with boosted immune systems and more people get vaccinated we attain herd Immunity whereby our systems will be prepared to fight infection. By so doing we might render the virus useless just like the flu has become.”
Questions have been raised by locals on the quality of the vaccine and its effectiveness and this has resulted in some shunning to get vaccinated.