WATCH | Western Cape health dept launches pop-up Covid-19 vaccination site at Cape Town taxi rank

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  • The Western Cape health department is on a mission to take Covid-19 vaccinations to the people.
  • On Monday morning, some 112 people received their vaccines at a pop-up vaccination site at the Cape Town taxi rank.
  • Taxi drivers there told News24 that they were excited to get their jabs.

On Monday morning, Western Cape Health MEC Nomafrench Mbombo and her team were out in full force at the Cape Town taxi rank where the department set up a pop-up vaccination site to take Covid-19 vaccines to people.

"We want to take the vaccines to the people. Taxi drivers don't always have the time to get vaccinated because they are always busy. By bringing the site closer to them, it will be easier to get the jab," Mbombo told News24.

Commuters and drivers lined up to receive their shots.

SA National Taxi Council (Santaco) Western Cape chairperson Nazeem Abdurahman said drivers were slow to get vaccinated. But that is changing.

"They are exposed to the virus every day. Drivers are becoming more eager, and that is a good sign to us. The more people vaccinate, the more we can open the economy," he said.

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Fifty-six-year-old Mzwandile Bavu who has been a taxi driver for more than 10 years, told News24 that he felt only a little bit of pain when he got the jab.

"My arm is still sore right now, but it's only a little bit of pain," he laughed.

"We have to get the jab and life needs to go on," he added.

Ishmail Petersen, who drives along the Wynberg route, said he went to get his jab for an extra protective layer.

"Passengers don't always want to wear masks, and if you tell them to put one on there are always arguments," Petersen said.

The health department administered 112 vaccinations at the site on Monday morning.

The department wants to take vaccines to the people ahead of an anticipated fourth wave of Covid-19 infections, which is likely to hit South Africa in December.

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