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UZ joins vaccination crusade

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University of Zimbabwe has urged its students to get vaccinated before schools reopen.

The students are expected to sit for their end of semester examinations soon after the Government announces the date for the reopening of schools which
were closed due to the pandemic.

In a notice to students,the tertiary institution’s acting registrar Maxwell Chikerema hinted that unvaccinated students would not be allowed to write their exams.

“The University of Zimbabwe wishes to advice and urge all students to get vaccinated at centres of vaccination that have been established in communities and around the country before returning to the campus for the examinations”,
said the UZ acting registrar Mr Chikerema.

The latter added vaccination was a measure to prevent the spread of the novel virus.

“This precaution is meant to protect yourself,other fellow students as well as our members of staff as we prepare to return to campus in the near future for exams and academic business”,added the acting registrar.

The government through the ministry of higher and tertiary education suspended face to face lectures following a surge in COVID-19 infections as the the third wave of the virus took it’s toll on Zimbabwe with positive cases being confirmed in tertiary institutions.

UZ, CCOSA and NUST are some of the colleges that recorded positive COVID-19 cases .

Several tertiary institutions have made it mandatory for their students to get vaccinated in order to write their exams.

The Harare Institute of Technology (HIT) earlier this month advised its students to be fully vaccinated in order to be allowed entry into exam classes ahead of the impending Level 4 lockdown relaxation.

In a memo released by the college Registrar, Mary Samupindi, all students should produce proof of vaccination as the college gears up for reopening.

“The Harare Institute of Technology wishes to inform students that the end of 2020/2021 academic year examinations will commence three days after the government proclaims the lifting of the COVID-9-induced national lockdown,” reads part of the memo.

Samupindi added that students without vaccination cards should produce a COVID-19 negative PCR test issued within 48

Ross Moyo

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