On Sunday President Cyril Ramaphosa revealed that more than 7 million adults have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19. This represents a quarter of South Africa’s adult population.
The Western Cape Health Department has begun with an initiative to vaccinate taxi drives, commuters and hawkers in the city centre. They have set up a pop-up vaccination site at the Cape Town Taxi Rank.
On the first day, 112 people opted to get a jab of the Covid-19 vaccine at the pop up site. The site administered the 1 shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine. This is crucial as taxi drives, as well as workers, often have to work during the hours when vaccines are administered in the province.
Taxi Driver, Wandile Gagle says that now he feels free after receiving a jab. He says he was worried that he would not be able to get the vaccine due to the lines at different vaccination centres.
Fellow Taxi Drive Stanley Odendall said, “most of the guys haven't got the time to pull off because you're working for a boss you have to you have a target to do and my concern is also I will have peace of mind knowing that our guys is vaccinated”.
Western Cape transport MEC Dayliln Mitchell explained the importance of the taxi industry in transporting people to and from work in the province. He said, “we're starting here today to say to the industry, help government to make sure that we get as many people vaccinated before December so that we can get the economy back on track we can get people back to work”.
The initiative will be implemented at more taxi ranks around the province.
On Monday the Western Cape Health Department administered 35 217 vaccines, bringing the total number of vaccines administered in the province to 2 460 928.
More than 14.6 million doses of potentially life-saving vaccines have been administered in South Africa. Approximately 1 of 5 adults in the Eastern Cape, Limpopo and the Western Cape are fully vaccinated.