Zimbabwean Miners Demand Mobile Vaccinations at Mining Sites

The Zimbabwe Diamond and Allied Minerals Workers Union (ZDAMWU) has called on the government to establish mobile vaccination sites at mines so that workers will not lose productive time in vaccination queues.

Zdamwu General Secretary, Justice ChinhemaIn said this in an interview with NewZimbabawe on Sunday, He disclosed that workers are losing productive time in queues waiting to be vaccinated.

Some mines are now demanding that workers must be fully vaccinated before they report for duty.

Chinhema pointed out that “Zdamwu is pro-vaccination and we are encouraging workers to get vaccinated. Further, instead of forcing workers, the mines must prioritize awareness campaigns. People are receiving a lot of fake news through social media and it is our request that mines work with us in educating workers. Instead of putting those restrictions which are meant to force workers, we must work towards awareness to workers, their families as well as communities,”

He said mines must make arrangements with the government to bring mobile vaccination sites.

“We are also urging the mines to make arrangements with the ministry of health to bring the vaccination at the mines rather than workers spending time looking for vaccination centers, Mineworkers are losing productive time in vaccination queues. We are, therefore, calling for mobile vaccination to be introduced in mining sites. Mining is a critical economic sector and there mustn’t be any disruptions to production,” He added

The government has since said all its workers must be vaccinated.

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