Covid-19: Government falls short of Vooma vaccination target

A nurse administers a vaccine to an elderly man during Vooma Vaccination Campaign on October 03, 2021 in Durban.

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  • More than 350 000 people have been vaccinated during the Vooma vaccination campaign.
  • The weekend drive was aimed at vaccinating 500 000 people.
  • The campaign formed part of government’s goal to vaccinate people ahead of the festive season.

More than 350 000 people were vaccinated during a weekend Covid-19 vaccination drive across the country.

This is despite the Vooma vaccination campaign’s target of vaccinating 500 000 people against Covid-19 in one weekend.

The campaign ran from Friday to Sunday and was aimed at delivering jabs to as many people as possible to ensure full vaccination before the festive season. Those who received their first vaccination on Friday would be eligible to receive their second dose early in December, meaning they would be fully vaccinated before the festive season.

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The government aims to vaccinate 70% of the adult population by December. Currently, 32% of adults (12 840 255 individuals) have received at least one jab.

Friday was the most successful day of the campaign, with the Department of Health administering vaccine jabs to 195 659 people. The number dropped to 107 385 jabs on Saturday and 50 776 on Sunday.

Declining numbers

In total, 353 819 people were vaccinated over the weekend, according to the health department.

The campaign kicked off on Friday when President Cyril Ramaphosa, Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi and Ekurhuleni Mayor Mzwandile Masina visited Kathlehong in Gauteng.

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During the visit, Ramaphosa said the vaccination drive was in response to declining numbers at vaccination centres and had been planned for some time.

The government has a daily target of administering 300 000 jabs a day, which has yet to be reached. The record for most daily vaccinations was set on 25 August, when 283 153 doses were administered.

Ramaphosa has said the further easing of lockdown restrictions would only become possible once most of the population has been vaccinated.

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Publish date : 2021-10-04 05:37:44

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