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Covid-19: Vaccinate To Avoid Losing Loved Ones Over Festive Season Urges KZN Premier Zikalala

Premier Sihle Zikalala of KwaZulu-Natal has launched a provincial government initiative to raise Covid-19 immunization rates. During a press conference on Monday, Zikalala stated that the province's vaccination rates remained below target. The province has one of the lowest immunization rates in the country based on population size.

Only one-third of all people in the province (33.98 percent) have had at least one immunization. Mpumalanga is the only province having a lower immunization rate, at 32.91 percent. The national Department of Health has mandated that provinces vaccinate 70% of the adult population by the end of December. "We are still dissatisfied with the province's immunization rate. 3.337 million individuals have been immunized to date. This leaves us with 4.791 million people to vaccinate by the end of the year, which is no minor task. In our nation, three out of every five persons over the age of 50 are now immunized. To neutralize the strength of the projected fourth wave, we need to reach five out of five of such immunized age groups by the end of the year "He said. 

"We have improved our weekly immunization program thanks to the participation of the Premier's Office and the Siyagoma Waya Waya model, which has boosted our weekend vaccination. This is done in conjunction with the Vooma vaccination weekends, which are supported by President Cyril Ramaphosa and Minister of Health Dr. Joe Phaahla, to increase public awareness and reach," he added. A dashboard is also being used by the province to identify areas with low vaccination rates and direct interventions to those areas. However, we must emphasize that even the finest plan is only as good as the support it receives from all of the individuals who need to be vaccinated in order to avoid serious disease from the virus.

In addition, Zikalala stated that the provincial government is providing a R100 food voucher to everybody over the age of 60 who has received the Covid-19 vaccination. He stated that the voucher was created to encourage more older citizens to be vaccinated since the number of immunizations continues to fall. "As part of the national strategy, there is a R100 food voucher on immunization for over-60s, and Vooma weekend to boost vaccination on weekends, including this weekend," Zikalala explained.

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Department of Health KwaZulu-Natal Mpumalanga Sihle Zikalala Zikalala

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