Covid-19: Govt ramps up Vooma vaccination drive

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Citizens receive Covid-19 vaccination at the Jabulani Mall Taxi Rank Pop Up Vaccination Site.
Citizens receive Covid-19 vaccination at the Jabulani Mall Taxi Rank Pop Up Vaccination Site.
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  • Ministers, premiers and MECs are out encouraging communities to vaccinate during the Vooma Vaccination Campaign this weekend.
  • In Gauteng, the provincial government says it has increased vaccination sites for this weekend.
  • More than 23 million vaccinations have been administered so far.

The Gauteng government says more vaccination sites have been opened to allow more people to get the jab during this weekend's Vooma Vaccination Campaign.

The province is in a hurry to inoculate millions more ahead of the Covid-19 fourth wave.

The second leg of the campaign started on Friday.

The Department of Health said it aimed to vaccinate 500 000 people by the end of Sunday. The first leg was held at the start of October and saw the department achieving 75% of its vaccination target of 500 000.

"The Vooma Vaccination Weekend will see more sites, including drive-throughs and mobile pop-up vaccination sites, operating for longer hours to ensure that more people get vaccinated. Members of the Executive Council [MECs] will oversee various vaccination sites across the province as part of the Vooma Vaccination Weekend," the provincial government added.

Speaking at an Ugu District Municipality development event on Friday, which was held to attract investment in the region, President Cyril Ramaphosa urged South Africans to go out and get vaccinated.

"We are encouraging South Africans to get vaccinated in large numbers. Because when you get vaccinated, the protection against getting infected and getting sick is there. I call on South Africans to go out in their hundreds of thousands so that we can increase our vaccination rate," Ramaphosa said.

During a community outreach campaign in KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday, Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele urged people to vaccinate.

On Friday, Deputy President David Mabuza was in Gqeberha, the Eastern Cape, telling the public countries that have reached herd immunity have relaxed lockdown regulations with fans filling up stadiums to watch sports.

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"They are now on the move to rebuild their economies. We too can vaccinate in our numbers and allow for economic reconstruction and recovery, in order to reverse the current situation of high unemployment.

"We have to do this, for losing our loved ones is not an option. Losing jobs because companies are closing down due to coronavirus restrictions is devastating. It is within our power to ensure that we fully open the economy so that we save our livelihoods. We have to do this, for we want to return to play," said Mabuza.

On Friday, Health Minister Joe Phaahla said the Western Cape, Free State, Limpopo and Eastern Cape were within reach of vaccinating 50% of their adult population in a matter of weeks.

More than 23 million jabs have been administered across the country so far.

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