- To get people vaccinated against Covid-19, the Western Cape health department is targeting pubs and nightclubs.
- Health MEC Nomafrench Mbombo launched the Jabs before Jol campaign in Khayelitsha last week.
- The Western Cape is at the tail end of its third wave of Covid-19 infections.
The Western Cape government is planning to accelerate its Covid-19 vaccine campaign by extending its Jabs before Jol programme and targeting matriculants in the province.
"We are working on a plan to ensure that "[matriculants] get vaccinated before the rave parties. The plan is to have the Pinetown EMS vaccination site exclusively for the matriculants," Health MEC Nomafrench Mbombo said.
The programme is aimed at nightclubs and pubs, but also at matriculants ahead of post-exam parties. Plans to take the programme to churches are also on the cards.
Mbombo told News24: "We are now taking vaccines to where people are, and we are coming up with tailor-made approaches to reach out to people because we believe it is not a one-size-fits-all [matter]."
"We are expanding the campaign to churches, Saturday we will be at Andrew Losaba Hall in Khayelitsha vaccinating there."
Mbombo said the Khayelitsha was an area in which there was a known resistance against the Covid-19 vaccine. On the day of the launch, 197 people were vaccinated there.
"I would say that is a success considering the level of resistance in the area," she added.
The provincial government's main focus is vulnerable people, such as the elderly, the homeless, farmworkers, informal settlement dwellers, etc.
"We want to make sure that the aged who are the ones that fill up our health facilities are vaccinated. That way we are able to get them protected, and protect our health system and our healthcare workers."
"The plan is to gradually make room for non-Covid illnesses because the fact that we are dealing with this crisis does not mean that other diseases are taking a break. We have a lot of backlogs that we have to deal with," Mbombo said.
The Western Cape is currently exiting its third wave of Covid-19 infections. According to the latest data, new cases, hospitalisations, and deaths are on the decline.
On Sunday, 5 931 new Covid-19 cases were identified in South Africa. Most new cases are from KwaZulu-Natal (29%), followed by the Western Cape (23%).
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