We know that the older you are, the more likely you are to become very sick with Covid-19 and require hospitalization. We also know that the elderly are at a higher risk of dying from Covid-19 than younger individuals.
To save lives and keep our health facilities and personnel from being overburdened, we have prioritized individuals over the age of 50 and those over the age of 60 for immunization. This is not to say that those under the age of 50 are not at risk. In recent months, we've noticed an increase in the number of young individuals hospitalized and dying from Covid-19.
As a result, beginning on August 20th, we expanded our vaccination campaign to include all South Africans over the age of 18. 3 While we have made significant progress and obtained enough vaccine doses for the target group, our immunization campaign remains too sluggish. As a result, we have decided to expand our vaccination campaign by introducing the ‘Vooma Vaccination Weekends' campaign beginning tomorrow.
The Vooma Vaccination Weekends campaign will be a countrywide drive to encourage our people to get vaccinated. We know that getting to a vaccination site during weekdays can be difficult for many people, especially those who work, who have to commute long distances, or have family responsibilities.
Those who might not be able to get the vaccine during the week should take up this opportunity. Tomorrow, 1 October and on Saturday 2nd of October, we will be opening vaccination sites around the country to reach over half a million people.
The Department of Health has identified priority districts in each province based on the number of unvaccinated people and the current vaccination coverage in each district.
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