Zimbabwe bans unvaccinated from going to church

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Sep 15 2021 08:25 AM

Molly Ndlovu (83) gets a dose of SinoVac vaccine against Covid-19 inside a mobile clinic tent set by the Zimbabwe national Army to assist citizens during a community outreach vaccination program on 3 August 2021, in Cowdray Park township, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Zinyange Auntony, Agence France-Presse
Molly Ndlovu (83) gets a dose of SinoVac vaccine against Covid-19 inside a mobile clinic tent set by the Zimbabwe national Army to assist citizens during a community outreach vaccination program on 3 August 2021, in Cowdray Park township, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Zinyange Auntony, Agence France-Presse

HARARE - Zimbabwe's parliament on Tuesday banned anyone not vaccinated against Covid-19 from attending church services, the latest in a series of measure to boost uptake of the coronavirus jab.

The southern African country had already made the vaccine mandatory for civil servants and teachers earlier this month.

Getting vaccinated is also a prerequisite for trading in markets, working out at gyms, frequenting restaurants and sitting university exams.

"With regards to churches, Cabinet has resolved that only vaccinated congregants can attend," said a statement issued after the cabinet meeting.

Zimbabwe's under-supplied vaccine centers have struggled to keep up with growing demand fueled by the jab-linked restrictions.

The country has so far relied on vaccine doses produced in China, India and Russia, but recently approved the emergency use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Just over 2.8 million of Zimbabwe's 15 million inhabitants have so far received a first vaccine dose.

The country has recorded more than 126,300 coronavirus infections and at least 4,543 fatalities since the start of the pandemic.

Zimbabwe's High Court earlier on Tuesday dismissed an application by the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions to challenge the compulsory inoculation of workers.

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