COVID-19 vaccination in Zimbabwe

COVID-19 vaccination in Zimbabwe
Date22 February 2021–present
CauseCOVID-19 pandemic
Organised byMinistry of Health and Child Care (Zimbabwe)
  • 4,361,564 first doses[1]
  • 3,396,934 second doses[1]
  • 126,468 third doses[1]
  • 7,884,966 total doses

28.9% of the Zimbabwean population received at least one dose[2]


22.5% of the Zimbabwean population fully vaccinated[2]


As of 28 February 2022

On 22 February 2021, Zimbabwe launched their national COVID-19 vaccination program using the Sinopharm BIBP vaccine.[3][4] As of 1 March 2022, 4,361,564 people have received their first dose, 3,396,934 have received their second dose, and 126,468 have received a third dose.[1]

Corruption is alleged to exist within the public vaccination program, with priority for receiving vaccines being given to those willing to pay bribes to hospital staff, and members of Zimbabwe's ruling party ZANU-PF. Vaccines are reportedly available within the private health care system at a cost of approximately US$40.[5]

Vaccine in order

Sinopharm BIBPGreen check.svg YesGreen check.svg Yes
CovaxinGreen check.svg YesDark Red x.svg No
SinovacGreen check.svg YesDark Red x.svg No
Sputnik VGreen check.svg YesDark Red x.svg No



On 14 February 2021, the first 200,000 doses of the Sinopharm BIBP vaccine landed at Harare's Robert Mugabe International Airport.[6][7]

On 22 February 2021 Zimbabwe began its vaccination program.[8]

On 25 February the number of people vaccinated surpassed 10,000 people.[9]

In mid-June 2021, Alrosa Zim donated 25,000 doses of the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine to Zimbabwe, followed by 25,000 more doses a month later.[10]

On 8 July 2021, Zimbabwe received 2 million doses of the Sinovac vaccine.[11]

In December 2021, a booster vaccination programme was launched for those already double vaccinated.[12]

On 20 December 2021, Zimbabwe received one million doses of the Sinovac vaccine donated by China.


By the end of March 2021, 85,866 vaccine doses had been administered; 433,939 by the end of April; one million by the end of May; 1.3 million by the end of June; 2.3 million by the end of July; 3.8 million by the end of August; 5.2 million by the end of September; 5.8 million by the end of October; 6.4 million by the end of November; 7.2 million by the end of December 2021; 7.8 million by the end of January 2022.

There were 0.8 million fully vaccinated by the end of July 2021; 1.6 million by the end of August; 2.3 million by the end of September 2021; 2.5 million by the end of October 2021; 2.8 million by the end of November 2021; 3.1 million by the end of December 2021; 3.3 million (55% of the target population) by the end of January 2022.


  1. ^ a b c d Ministry of Health and Child Care [@MoHCCZim] (1 March 2022). "COVID-19 update: As at 01 March 2022, Zimbabwe had 236 871 confirmed cases, including 226 732 recoveries and 5 395 deaths. To date, a total of 4 361 564 people have been vaccinated against COVID-19" (Tweet). Retrieved 1 March 2022 – via Twitter.
  2. ^ a b Ritchie, Hannah; Mathieu, Edouard; Rodés-Guirao, Lucas; Appel, Cameron; Giattino, Charlie; Ortiz-Ospina, Esteban; Hasell, Joe; MacDonald, Bobbie; Beltekian, Diana; Roser, Max (5 March 2020). "Coronavirus (COVID-19) Vaccinations". Our World in Data. Retrieved 14 April 2021.
  3. ^ "Zimbabwe starts Covid-19 vaccinations, Vice President Chiwenga gets first shot". News24. Retrieved 5 March 2021.
  4. ^ "Zimbabwe expected to begin COVID-19 vaccinations on Thursday". SABC News - Breaking news, special reports, world, business, sport coverage of all South African current events. Africa's news leader. 17 February 2021. Retrieved 5 March 2021.
  5. ^ York, Geoffrey (5 August 2021). "Mounting desperation in Africa as COVID-19 vaccine shortage persists". The Globe and Mail. Harare and Johannesburg. Retrieved 5 August 2021.
  6. ^ "WATCH: Zimbabweans react to Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine | eNCA". Retrieved 5 March 2021.
  7. ^ News, Eyewitness. "First 200,000 coronavirus vaccines en route to Zimbabwe". Retrieved 5 March 2021.
  8. ^ "Zimbabwe begins vaccine rollout with Sinopharm jabs | eNCA". Retrieved 5 March 2021.
  9. ^ @MoHCCZim (25 February 2021). "COVID-19 update: As at 25 February 2021, Zimbabwe had 35 994 confirmed cases, including 32 455 recoveries and 1 458 deaths" (Tweet). Retrieved 14 April 2021 – via Twitter.
  10. ^ "25 000 more doses arrive from Russia". The Herald. 15 July 2021. Retrieved 15 July 2021.
  11. ^ "Zimbabwe gets 2 million Sinovac doses to boost Covid-19 vaccination". News24. Retrieved 9 July 2021.
  12. ^ "Covid-19: Schools to remain open... booster shots start". The Sunday News. 5 December 2021. Retrieved 5 December 2021.

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