In its fight against the spread of the coronavirus, Zimbabwe has decided to crack down. The government announced on Tuesday that it would force officials, including teachers, to resign if they do not get vaccinated, in order to increase the number of vaccinations in the country.
“If you are employed by the government, for the protection of others and those you serve, get vaccinated,” Zimbabwe’s Justice Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi said on local radio. “But if you want to assert your rights” not to be vaccinated, “you can resign,” he added.
Very long queues
The southern African country has already made the vaccine compulsory to travel to markets, gyms, restaurants and university exams. Some private companies have also forced their employees to be vaccinated. These measures have triggered indignation among some, but also clogged the vaccination centers, poorly supplied and in front of which it is not rare to see queues forming at 4 a.m. to try to get a dose. . The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions in August challenged the compulsory vaccination of workers.
Zimbabwe has around 300,000 civil servants, including 100,000 teachers. Just over 2.7 million of the 15 million inhabitants have so far received a first dose of the vaccine. The country has recorded more than 125,600 cases of Covid-19, including 4,490 deaths, since the start of the pandemic. Zimbabwe has so far depended on supplies of vaccines produced in China, India and Russia, but recently urgently approved those from the US laboratory Johnson & Johnson.