Prof Makubi made the disclosure on Sunday as he was mobilizing followers of the Catholic Church, Dodoma Diocese as part of the implementation of the campaign for Covid-19 vaccination coordinated by the Ministry of Health and the Office of the President (Regional Administration and Local Government).
He said through the campaign, many people have been educated and made to understand on the importance of vaccination and removed earlier misconceptions that had instilled fear on people over vaccination.
Addressing Church followers, Prof Makubi said Jensen and Sinopharm vaccines brought into the country have been verified by local medical experts as well as the world Health Organisation, and told the churchgoers to ignore claims being spread on the side effects of the vaccines.
“We believe come Wednesday next week, the one million doses of Jensen vaccine will be finished, but the government has already brought in Sinopharm vaccines from China that have already been distributed to vaccination centres, hence I appeal to all Tanzanians to get the jabs to protect themselves against the disease,” he said.
He further said the response from the people following the mobilisation campaign has been huge, and added that after it was launched by president Samia Suluhu Hassan the number of people who receive the jabs was 28,000 countrywide, but after the campaign, the number increased to 850,000, and added that now more than 50,000 people receive the jabs every day.
Prof Makubi said the launching of the mobilisation campaign aimed to mobilise the community to receive the jabs in various areas including churches, mosques and other groups of sportsmen, and others.