Only those fully vaccinated against Covid-19 allowed in churches in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa. (PHOTO: UgCN)

Originally published in UgCN.

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.

Earlier, the country’s information minister Monica Mutsvangwa was quoted by Voice of America as saying those found in breach will be arrested including the leaders of the church.

Zimbabwe’s under-supplied vaccine centres have struggled to keep up with growing demand fuelled 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.

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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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  1. Sad is the day when they call good, evil and evil, good. Woe to them who do not honour our Father, King of the Universe with their whole heart, body & soul. Pray for those in authority who lead the sheep astray.

  2. It is good to prevent the spread of this evil disease; it is evil to avoid inoculation and so help spread the disease. Jesus said “Love one another as i have loved you”, that is sacrifice your own desires or the greater good of others, as He did when He prayed “Not my will, but Yours be done” … and went to the cross.