Health Minister Warns That Festive Season Could Trigger 4th Wave

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The Minister of Health Dr Joe Phaahla is urging South Africans to take the opportunity to get vaccinated during the coming days. This as an Inevitable fourth wave of Covid-19 infections looms.


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The Minister of Health Dr Joe Phaahla is urging South Africans to take the opportunity to get vaccinated during the coming days, as the inevitable fourth wave of Covid-19 infections looms.

This coming weekend will see the return of the Vooma Vaccination Weekend initiative. The minister is calling on all South Africans to get vaccinated in order to enjoy the festive season.

He said, “If we all vaccinate, we can have a safe and enjoyable festive season. We call on all South Africans to heed the Vooma call and come forward and be vaccinated,”.

In his weekly health briefing on Covid-19, the health minister revealed that around 23 million people have recieved at least one jab of covid-19 vaccine. Of the people who received vaccines, 57.11% are women and 42.89% are men.

Just over 13 million people have been fully vaccinated in the country. Of the people vaccinated in South Africa, around 250 000 are people under the age of 18 years old. 

The Health Minister is confident that the country has enough vaccines to administer all eligible residents in the country. He said, “As we start to use more and more of the one dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine, we will be able to cover more full vaccinations in the next few days and weeks,”.

Phaahla has however noted his concern about the amount of people who are not choosing to get vaccinated against Covid-19. He believes that fake news on social media has played a role in vaccine hesitancy among people. The minister adds that the department of health hopes more young people get vaccinated as we move closer to the festive season.

“We are hoping that as we get closer to the festive season – because they will be more at risk because of social and entertainment activities – that many more of our young adults will come forward,” concluded Phaahla.

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