The Education Department joined the Vooma Vaccination campaign in order to encourage more South Africans to get vaccinated and educate those who are still hesitant to take the jab.
In an attempt to increase the number of vaccinations in South Africa as the country heads into the festive season, the Department of Basic Education (DBE) joined the Vooma Vaccination drive from 3 December to 5 December 2021. The drive was held in the Sedibeng District Municipality and vaccinations took place at several vaccination sites in the Emfuleni Local Municipality including surrounding schools.
The Vooma Vaccination drive is aimed at encouraging as many people as possible to take the Covid-19 vaccine and educating those who are still hesitant to get the jab.
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga visited communities in the Sebokeng area during the drive and urged parents with children aged 12 years and above to accompany them to vaccination sites so that they can get the jab.
It is extremely important that everybody vaccinates because from the reports coming from hospital, the highest number of people who are now admitted or those who are testing positive are the unvaccinated. Which means they are driving the virus and they are going to rob everybody of their lives and their freedoms.
Motshekga has urged unvaccinated people to get vaccinated in order to protect themselves and their families from Covid-19.
The Mayor of the Emfuleni Local Municipality Sipho Radebe has encouraged the community to get vaccinated so that the number of Covid-19 infections and hospital admissions may decline.
“I urge you to take responsibility in your own life, for your neighbours and for your friends. Encourage one another. Those who are vaccinated thumbs up and those who are still thinking about it, this is the right time please go and vaccinate,” said Radebe.
Minister Motshekga has also urged the matric class of 2021 to get vaccinated now that they have concluded their final examinations.
“The Department of Basic Education has the primary duty to educate on all sorts of matters. In this case, we will work very closely with the Department of Health,” said the Department’s spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga.
Mhlanga says that it is important that public health officials are available to provide additional information on the Covid-19 vaccine that people might need before making the decision to get the jab.
To date, 27 043 034 vaccinations have been administered and the South African government has been urging its citizens to get vaccinated as the country enters the fourth wave of Covid-19 while South African scientists have also detected a new Covid-19 variant called the Omicron variant.
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