By Thys Khiba
Rustenburg – South African Deputy President David Mabuza was in Rustenburg, on Thursday 09 September, engaging with the residents of the North West province about strategic interventions aimed at ramping up the COVID-19 vaccination rollout programme.
It has been reported that currently, the province has reportedly achieved about 20.1% vaccination coverage of the target population placing it as the third lowest performing province.
Engaging with residents of the province, Mabuza confirmed that no one should be forced to get COVID-19 vaccine, but he continued to encourage community members to get their jab in order to boost their immune system.
The Vaccination Rollout oversight visit led by Mabuza included members of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Covid-19 Vaccines who were encouraging taxi drivers, commuters, students and communities of Rustenburg Municipality in the Bojanala District to vaccinate for the pandemic.
According to Mabuza, his visitations to various identified provinces are part of ensuring that South Africa reaches the population immunity target, and all provinces remain key to ensuring that the set target is reached by 31 December 2021.
Mabuza was joined by the Minister of Health, Dr Joe Phaahla, the North West Premier, Bushy Maape, MEC for Health, Madoda Sambatha together with political leaders of the Bojanala Platinum District Municipality.
Sambatha confirmed community members who cannot afford to pay for transportation to their vaccination site will be provided free transport by their local municipalities working together with South African National Taxi Council (SANTACO) in the province.
Responding to some of the questions asked by community members, Phaahla confirmed that ‘long-distance’ taxi operators and drivers can safely drive after getting their jab. Phaahla says pregnant women who are over 18 years of age are allowed to get their vaccine for the pandemic.
“…if you have enough time you can go home and take a break if you are not feeling well. You can take Panado or go to nearest clinic. But if you are in a hurry, you can drive.”
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