AN online publication, news.pindula.co.zw on June 24 published a story under the headline: ‘No COVID-19 Vaccination, No Table’, Chiwenga Warns Informal Traders.
The article mentions that Vice President and Health and Child Care Minister Constantino Chiwenga has warned informal traders that they will not be allowed to conduct business unless they are vaccinated against Covid-19. https://news.pindula.co.zw/2021/06/24/no-covid-19-vaccination-no-table-chiwenga-warns-informal-traders/
Chiwenga is quoted as saying: “With the continued rise in Covid-19 cases, we want full cooperation from everyone. Now that the government has procured more vaccines, we want everyone to be vaccinated starting with those border towns and hotspot areas. We will also move into marketplaces like Mbare in Harare and eRenkini in Bulawayo. No vaccination, no table. Protect your customers by getting vaccinated.
In an article headlined: “Vendors demand to be prioritised during vaccination, https://www.newsday.co.zw/2021/07/vendors-demand-to-be-prioritised-during-vaccination/ the NewsDay of July 2, confirms that Vice President Constantino Chiwenga indeed said unvaccinated vendors would not be allowed to trade.
“With the continued rise in COVID-19 cases, we want full cooperation from everyone. We will also move into marketplaces like Mbare in Harare and eRenkini in Bulawayo. No vaccination, no table. Protect your customers by getting vaccinated,” Chiwenga was quoted saying last week after receiving COVID-19 testing equipment and traditional Chinese medicines valued at US$1, 4 million from a Zimbabwean-based Chinese company, Satewave Technologies. (NewsDay of 2 July 2021).
The national broadcaster, ZBC, also published a story on its website to the same effect under the headline: “No vaccination, no table: VP tells market traders” https://www.zbcnews.co.zw/no-vaccination-no-table-vp-tells-market-traders/
In the same story Chiwenga called for full cooperation from all Zimbabweans to get vaccinated for Covid-19 in light of the continued surge in positive cases across the country.
The government is intensifying its vaccination drive coupled with threats of those citizens who are still reluctant to be vaccinated.