Nearly 6,500 Zambians receive COVID-19 vaccine

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LUSAKA, April 22 (Xinhua) — A total of 6,495 Zambians have received the COVID-19 vaccine since the launch of the vaccination program last Wednesday, a senior government official said on Thursday.

Minister of Health Jonas Chanda said this follows the vaccination of 1,884 people on Wednesday and the launch of the vaccination program for the Copperbelt Province.

He said out of the total number of people vaccinated so far, 31 percent represent health workers who have been prioritized during the first phase of the program while the rest comprises other people most at risks including teachers, traditional leaders and religious leaders.

“As the vaccination program rolls out to the provinces and districts, we expect more people in the priority population group who are most at risk to voluntarily get vaccinated,” he said in a statement on the COVID-19 situation in the country.

He reiterated that the vaccination program was being done in a cautious and phased up manner on a voluntary basis.

Meanwhile, the country recorded 70 new COVID-19 cases out of 4,800 tests done in the last 24 hours. This brings the cumulative cases to 91,189, while 161 patients were discharged during the same period bringing the total recoveries to 89,117.

The country lost two people in the period, bringing the total COVID-19 associated deaths to 1, 240. Enditem

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