As South Africa aims to vaccinate as many people against the Covid-19 vaccine before the anticipated fourth wave of infections, citizens can get their jabs over this coming weekend.
The Vooma Vaccination Weekends initiative was first announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa with the hope of increasing the country's vaccination rate. By administering jabs of the Covid-19 vaccine during weekends, the hope is that people who work during the week will be able to access the potentially life saving vaccines.
In a statement, The Department of Health's spokesperson Foster Mohale says that a higher vaccination rate, especially among people in the 50+ age category, could significantly lessen the impact of the fourth wave.
“This target will only be achieved if there can be even greater mobilisation across all sectors of society, hence the president has called upon all leaders across various sectors of society to join hands with [the] government,” read the statement.
Minister of Health Dr Joe Phaahla revealed that 3 in every 5 people over the ages of 50 years old have received a Covid-19 vaccine. This equated to around 60%. Phaahla says if this percentage rises to 5 out of 5, the power of the fourth wave of infections would be crushed. This according to the minister will also reduce the number of people admitted to hospital and the number of deaths in the country.
Phaahla has also thanked South Africa’s health care workers for the sacrifices they have made during their continued fight against the pandemic. He expressed his thankfulness for the work they have done vaccinating South Africans.
He said, “We would also like to thank almost 16 million South Africans who have vaccinated to date. Your efforts will ensure that we break the power of this deadly pandemic and speed up the process of saving lives and livelihoods,”.
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