After 18 months of COVID-19 lockdowns, South Africans have now shifted their focus to that national vaccine rollout. And while major milestones have been reached as far as daily vaccination rates go in recent weeks, achieving full community protection, or population immunity, against COVID-19 through vaccinations by 2022 is no longer on the table for South Africa. At the start of the vaccination rollout, government had pronounced that together with pharmaceuticals companies, it would ensure that it immunises 67% of the population by the end 2021. The country has now, however, moved to a less ambitious goal called “containment” - immunising just enough people so that hospital admissions put no more strain on the health system than any other illness would.
While there is undoubtedly a myriad of reasons why this the case, we want to ensure that a lack of knowledge is not one of them.
Many vaccination sites have reported that unsatisfactorily turnouts or no shows. President Cyril Ramaphosa recently announced that the national vaccine rollout for citizens aged 18 to 34 from Wednesday, 1 September 2021, however this was brought up by a few weeks.
Vaccine sites will also open for walk-ins, he said, where people will be able to present themselves without an appointment, and they will be registered and vaccinated then and there.
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