PRETORIA – South Africa’s COVID-19 vaccination programme is well underway, with youth showing up in droves at various vaccination sites across the country since the vaccines were made available to those aged 18 and older.
In his weekly newsletter to the nation, President Cyril Ramaphosa wrote that young South Africans have been an “integral” part of the battle against the coronavirus ever since the pandemic started and that he is impressed by the number of youth registering to take the vaccine.
“Since the pandemic broke out 17 months ago, young South Africans have been an integral part of the national effort to battle the coronavirus,” he wrote.
According to the latest statistics released by the Department of Health, more than 10.5 million (10,527,363) South Africans have received their jab. Of these, more than half a million (569,689) are aged between 18 and 34, despite the vaccine having been made available to this age cohort less than a week ago.
Many youngsters have taken to social media to share their excitement after getting the jab and have encouraged others to do the same.
The hype amongst youth comes as the government continues to fight disinformation concerning the COVID-19 vaccine, which has led to many South Africans opting not to take the jab. Ramaphosa encouraged the youth not to circulate “far-fetched” conspiracy theories.
“There is still a lot of shady content being circulated out there about the vaccine. These conspiracy theories are far-fetched, and I am calling on young people once again to not circulate them.”
Meanwhile, various NGOs and community centres have set up pop-up vaccination sites such as “drive-thru” sites. This has contributed to the daily number of doses administered and has lifted some of the pressure off of the country’s crippled healthcare system.
#VacciNation drive-thru site:— Muslim Association of South Africa (@MuslimAssocSA) August 24, 2021
•No appointments required
•If you haven’t yet registered, do it on site
•Bring along your valid ID or Passport and a pen
We are open from 08h00-16h00.
Come get your jab!!!
📌 Houghton Masjid
45 West Street, Houghton.#GetVaccinated ❤🇿🇦💉 pic.twitter.com/CMubbT8TZM
Julie Alli spoke to Tasneem Docrat from the Saaberie Chishty Society on News & Views, about the organisation’s drive-thru vaccination facility. Listen to the full discussion here: