In order to encourage vaccination against the coronavirus, the Zimbabwean parliament has banned unvaccinated people from attending religious services.
Newsroom (September 20, 2021, 1:25 PM, Gaudium Press) The goals of the vaccination campaign, which began in February, are far from being reached. So the Parliament of the African country took a series of measures to accelerate vaccination, prohibiting unvaccinated people access to certain places. Until September 14, this rule did not apply to churches.
No vaccine, no Mass
After a meeting of parliamentarians, the Zimbabwean government decided to extend the health measure to all places of worship. “As far as churches are concerned, the council of ministers has decided that only vaccinated believers will be allowed to attend them.”
The southern African country aims at vaccinating 10 million people to achieve collective immunity. According to information from the Ministry of Health, only 1.9 million people are fully vaccinated.
Zimbabwe, South Africa’s neighbor, has recorded 125,300 cases of COVID 19 and some 4543 deaths. (FM)
With information from La Croix Afrique.
Compiled by Sarah Gangl