Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal are racing against the clock to get as many people as possible vaccinated against Covid-19 to prevent the fourth wave of infections.
Gauteng intends to vaccinate 10 million people by the end of the year and to expand the campaign, the vaccine will be delivered to places of worship on Sunday.
Health MEC Nomathemba Mokgethi, Finance, and eGov MEC Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko, who is in charge of faith-based organizations (FBOs), Sedibeng District Municipality Mayor Lerato Maloka, Emfuleni Local Municipality Mayor Reverend Gift Moerane, and leaders from various denominations will attend a special church service led by Rev TA Ralekholela at Gospel Fire Ministries International in De Deur
The provincial government said in a statement: "This will culminate in the vaccination of congregants and other worshipers from churches around Sedibeng district. The provincial government has partnered with FBOs to set up vaccination sites at places of worship to vaccinate their members and nearby communities as part of efforts to ensure that places of worship can resume with hosting their services as close to the normal as possible."
"Vaccination has proven to be effective in minimising severe illness, hospitalisation and deaths in the event one contracts the coronavirus. The vaccination team will register and vaccinate all persons who are 18 years [old] and above. All you need to do is to bring your proof of identity with you. The pop-up site will provide both walk-in and drive-thru vaccination," it said.
As part of the Siyagoma WayaWaya vaccination campaign, KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala is due to carry the expanded mass immunization program to churches and community residential units (hostels) on Sunday.
Covid-19 vaccinations will be administered outside churches and communal living units by mobile healthcare units (hostels).
The National Institute of Communicable Diseases has reported 5 309 new cases of Covid-19. The Western Cape had the newest cases (25 percent), followed by KwaZulu-Natal (21 percent ). The Eastern Cape accounted for 16 percent, the Free State for 9 percent, while Gauteng and the Northern Cape each accounted for 8%.
There is a decrease in hospitalizations and infections in the Western Cape, indicating that the province has exited the third wave of illnesses. Premier Alan Winde stated that the province's goal was to fully vaccinate 70% of those aged 50 and older by December.
"We have scaled up our vaccination capacity to administer vaccines over the past 14 weeks and have the capacity to vaccinate over 50 000 people a day. We also have sufficient supply to do so. By 6 September 2021, the public sector had received 2 437 240 vaccine doses, which includes 2 112 510 Pfizer doses and 324 730 J&J doses," he said.
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