Zimbabwe’s parliament on Tuesday banned worshipers not vaccinated against Covid-19 from attending religious services, the latest in a series of measures to boost the vaccination campaign. The southern African country already made the vaccine mandatory for officials and teachers in September. It is also necessary to be able to sell in the markets, play sports indoors, go to the restaurant and pass university exams.
It is also necessary to be able to sell in the markets, play sports indoors, go to the restaurant and pass university exams. “As for the churches, the council of ministers has decided that only the vaccinated faithful will be able to go there,” the council said after the meeting.
Zimbabwe’s under-stocked vaccination centers are struggling to keep up with demand, fueled by restrictions linked to the coronavirus pandemic. Until now, the country has relied on vaccines produced in China, India and Russia, but recently it urgently approved the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Just over 2.8 million of the 15 million Zimbabweans have so far received a first dose of the vaccine. Zimbabwe has recorded more than 126,300 coronavirus cases and at least 4,543 deaths since the start of the pandemic. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court rejected a request from the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions against mandatory vaccination of workers.