To get more people vaccinated in areas with lower vaccination coverage in Region A.
The Johannesburg Health District JHD) has partnered with the City of Johannesburg and the Zwakala program to launch more public vaccination sites.
In a press release issued on February 2, the JHD said these sites would include Swazi Inn, Ext 7 Park (Wednesday, February 9); Mabena squatter camp (Thursday, 10); and Riverside Ext 15 (Friday 11) at Ebony Park, Midrand. The sites will operate from 09:00 to 15:00.
According to the JHD, these areas have been ranked among the worst performing areas for vaccination in Region A.
Therefore, the district hoped that targeting these areas would positively increase the vaccination rate in the region.
Johannesburg Health District Chief Director Mogeru Morewane said partnering with these stakeholders is part of their commitment to address vaccine hesitancy by creating convenient access to vaccinations.
“Vaccination is our best hope of defeating the pandemic to save lives and restore livelihoods.
“We are proud to work with stakeholders to make this essential service available so that we can reach as many eligible people as possible in the shortest possible time. During this program, undocumented communities will also be vaccinated,” said Morewane.
JHD said the new vaccination sites would have the capacity to vaccinate 1,000 or more people per day.
Vaccinations will be open to everyone aged 12 and over, and citizens are encouraged to visit these sites even if they are not registered on the electronic vaccination database system.
The department has concluded that anyone coming for vaccination should bring their birth certificate, ID or driver’s license, they will be assisted in registration by health workers on site.
Details: Sandile Gwayi, Johannesburg Health District Journalist [email protected]
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