By MUGOVE TAFIRENYIKA in Harare

THE Zimbabwean government has resolved to review the payment model for Covid-19 vaccinators’ allowances by making them performance-based as a way to accelerate the ongoing national inoculation programme. 

This comes as the country has so far vaccinated 1 674 710 people against a national target of 10 million by the end of the year as the government strives to achieve herd immunity against the pandemic. 

Addressing a post-Cabinet media briefing in Harare yesterday, Information minister Monica Mutsvangwa said the Health Services Board had also requested permission to recruit retired nurses for the vaccination programme. 

On top of that, data capturers would also be engaged to speed up the vaccination process as this would allow nurses to concentrate solely on administering the jabs.  

“In order to accelerate the vaccination programme and achieve herd immunity by the end of 2021, Cabinet approved a review of the payment model for allowances for the vaccinators to be based on the number of patients they would have vaccinated,” Mutsvangwa said. 

“The Cabinet noted that the HSB has written to Treasury seeking clearance to recruit retired nurses to participate in the vaccination programme, using non-medical staff such as data capturers to free nurses so that they can concentrate on vaccination and also approved the extension of the vaccination programme to higher and tertiary learning institutions.” 

The minister said the government had also approved the extension of vaccination programmes to private hospitals and clinics to complement the government’s efforts. 

“The vaccines will remain free. The institutions may claim for the injection costs based on medical aid tariffs.  

“Cabinet also approved the continued collaboration with the security sector to assist in the vaccination, increasing outreach teams from an average of two to four teams and increasing provision of transport and fuel for the teams,” Mutsvangwa added. 

This comes as Zimbabwe has had 110 855 confirmed cases and 3 635 deaths since the first case of Covid19 was first recorded in March last year. 

Mutsvangwa said the Health ministry was expecting another 1,5 million doses of vaccines this month, while a further one million doses would be received in September through the Covax facility. 

Meanwhile, Mutsvangwa said Cabinet had been informed that preparations for the reopening of schools were still ongoing. – Daily News