As South Africa prepares for a busy festive season filled with the movement and cognition of people, health authorities are determined to vaccinate as many individuals as possible.
The festive season, with Christmas and new years celebrations, often see an increased number of people visiting shopping centres around the country. At a shopping center in Pretoria, the health department has set up a mobile vaccination site.
Shoppers will now be able to receive a jab of Covid-19 vaccine at the Eastdale Pavilion Shopping Center in Pretoria. The health department says that while the number of people who came forward to get vaccinated was low, it was numbers nonetheless.
Some of the people who chose to get vaccinated were taxi drivers who operated near the shopping centre. One taxi operator said that he was scared the injection would be painful, however everything went well.
He said, “I think people should come and vaccinate, there are no issues. I came along with my co-worker, we are taxi operators based behind the mall. We have encouraged each other to come and vaccinate so that we can save the nation and not listen to the myths”.
In the last 24 hour cycle, 8 515 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in South Africa. This comes after 28 520 tests were conducted which equates to a positivity rate of 29.9%.There are currently 199 847 active cases of Covid-19 in the country. A further 105 people passed away due to Covid-19 related illnesses
The department of health revealed that 71 874 new Covid-19 vaccines were administered in the country of which 15 213 of which were given to children. Just below 27 600 000 doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been distributed since the start of the vaccination programme. Around 38.67% or 15 389 994 adults are fully vaccinated in South Africa.