Vooma Vaccinations A Success, Says Campaign Manager

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After testing positive for Covid-19, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa took the opportunity to encourage citizens to get vaccinated against the virus.


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After testing positive for Covid-19, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa took the opportunity to encourage citizens to get vaccinated against the virus.

In preparation for the fourth wave of Covid-19 infections South Africa’s Department of Health (DOH) is looking at ways of increasing the vaccination rate.

This has led the department to introduce a number of measures including incentives and grocery vouchers to people who choose to get vaccinated against the virus. They are also increasing the number of vaccination stations in each province.

Earlier this year President Ramaphosa announced the Vooma Vaccination Weekend initiative. The initiative saw a number of pop-up vaccination centres be placed around the country in order to encourage more South Africans to be vaccinated.

Vooma Vaccination Campaign Manager, Gaurang Tanna says that the first weekend of the campaign saw an increase of more than double the usual amount of vaccinations.

He explains the success of a vaccination weekend is measured by people who come forward for their first jab. It was reported that 130 000 people got vaccinated during the first weekend of the campaign.

Tanna says there has been a spike in people choosing to get vaccinated over the past two weeks. He attributes this to the Omicron variant as well the academic year combining to and end which saw an increase in the amount of children getting vaccinated.

He says that between 20% and 30% of people who are choosing to get vaccinated are in the ages between 12 and 17 years old.

In the last 24 hour cycle, just over 18 000 people tested positive for Covid-19 after 62 414 tests were conducted in the country. A reported 21 people passed away due to Covid-19 related illnesses.

Majority of the cases reported in the last 24 hour cycle were from Gauteng where more than 16 700 people tested positive for the virus. Gauteng was followed by KwaZulu Natal and the Western Cape where 6 246 and 4 655 cases of Covid-19 were reported respectively.

 

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