“The electronic cards will also be used when people travel in and out of the country and will also help to combat the sale of counterfeit certificates. People who have taken their second dose can approach the ministry of health and childcare to be issued with the cards. The electronic cards are locally developed and we will start issuing them this week,” said Zizhou.
Zimbabwe has been facing public resistance towards vaccination, with a low vaccine uptake from the population. The country has authorised the emergency use of four Covid-19 vaccines, including China’s Sinovac and Sinopharm, Russia’s Sputnik V and India’s Covaxin.
The Covid-19 certificate comes a few weeks after Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa said the country might consider mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations and those who refuse risked losing out on employment opportunities and social services like public transport.
The country is currently in the second phase of the national vaccine programme that includes people above 60 years of age, those with underlying conditions, teachers, hospitality industry staff and other front-line workers who have not been vaccinated.
Zimbabwe’s ministry of health and childcare plans to vaccinate 10 million people, or about two-thirds of the population. To date only 68,511 people have vaccinated.