The Zambian government has agreed in principal to adopt the COVID-19 vaccine programme as one of the key methods of mitigating the negative health and socio-economic impact of the pandemic on the country’s population.
However, Minister of Health, Dr. Jonas Chanda says the pilot programme will be conducted on a voluntary basis and rolled out cautiously in phases.
Dr. Chanda also stated that Government has already commenced the processing of logistical supplies in preparation of the COVID-19 vaccination programme. He added that Government is in the process of finalizing detailed modalities on the type of basket vaccine to be used, and the operationalization of the programme which Cabinet would soon approve.
The Minister of Health explained that this would be done in consultation with relevant stakeholders.