By Thys Khiba
Bloemfontein – The Free State MEC for Social Development, Mamiki Qabathe has encouraged other old age homes which are funded or not funded by her department to ensure that they register the older persons for Covid-19 vaccination before 17 May 2021.
“We’ve started a program to encourage our elderly people to register for the vaccination…in trying to ensure that nobody is forced to do the vaccination…that’s why we are registering them first so that we give people a choice to accept or to decline the issue of the vaccination,” said Qabathe.
Speaking at Boikhuco old age home in Bloemfontein, Qabathe has also indicated that there are plans in place by the provincial government to mobilise older persons not residing at the old age homes to register on EVDS system to get vaccinated.
Qabathe says they have started yesterday, on Thursday to collaborate with the department of health for the Covid-19 vaccination campaign, in order for them to work together to register and vaccinate willingly elderly people in Free State.
The MEC for Social Development, Qabathe has also indicated that it is critical to vaccinate elderly people in order for them to have a strong immune system that will be able to fight for itself.
Meanwhile, Qabathe says it is also important for elderly people who are living with young people, who might be the super-spreaders of the pandemic, to be vaccinated.
“They live with young people who are active, who are going out, either to work…either to entertainment areas. And when they come back home, should any of them be affected or infected…we want their (elderly people) immune system to be strong enough to be able to fight and stand for itself against Covid-19,” said Qabathe.
The MEC for Social Development has also indicated that the registration process for the Covid-19 vaccination is not closing. “…the registration started earlier so as to give a way for the vaccination… but as the province, we will start vaccinating from Monday, the 17th,” said Qabathe.
Speaking to Free State Central News, Qabathe says that the registration process will continue while the vaccination process is taking place on Monday.