-Hundreds of villagers in Mahenye area ward 30 in Chipinge on Wednesday 3 August, witnessed Chief Mahenye receiving his first COVID-19 jab at the local business centre, 100 kilometres from Chipinge Town. Chief Mahenye’s decision to be vaccinated helped to undo various misconceptions flying around in the community due to misleading social media messages.
He was vaccinated by the members of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces who are currently on their 7-day rollout campaign in Chipinge South.
On Wednesday, the team was set to continue adminstering the vaccine in ward 29 which covers Chisuma, Maparadze and Mtandahwe. On Thursday the military health personnel will be in ward 28 which covers Mabee, Chinyamukwakwa and Garahwa. Machona, Matikwa and Chisumbanje and ward 27 Vheneka and Chitepo areas will be covered on Friday. They will conclude their plan on Saturday in ward 24 Checheche Business centre.
Chief Mahenye is one among the few traditional leaders to get vaccinated in public, a commendable move that helped to encourage his subjects. Vemuganga Community Radio saluted Chief Mahenye for taking a leading role in promoting COVID-19 vaccination.
“We are sure Chipinge villagers will follow suit and get vaccinated as it is the only game-changer against COVID-19,” said the organisation in a statement.
Let’s mask up, sanitise, maintain social distance as well as avoiding unnecessary movements and above all get vaccinated.