To increase its vaccination figures, the KZN is trying various initiatives, including driving vaccination sites
The KZN Ministry of Health is diversifying its vaccination strategy with the aim of increasing its vaccination figures.
He will vaccinate people in churches, taxi stands and tribal courts.
On weekends there was also a drive-thru vaccination site in Durban.
Health MEC Nomagugu Simelane expressed concern at the high number of Covid-19 infections in the province.
More than 150 people were vaccinated against Covid-19 at the Chesterville Taxi Rank in Durban on Thursday and Friday as part of a provincial health ministry initiative to vaccinate commuters and people working in the taxi industry. The single dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine was used.
More than 1.8 million people have been vaccinated in KwaZulu-Natal, according to a statement released by the department on Sunday. He said in an effort to increase the number, he was diversifying his vaccination strategy “by adding drive-thru vaccination sites to minimize congestion of people as well as vaccinating people in churches, taxi stands and public buildings. tribal courts, among others “.
Health MEC Nomagugu Simelane said the vaccines are safe and the province has enough vaccines and staff to administer them.
Regarding the pandemic, she said: “The truth is, things are really bad … Over the past two weeks or so, we have seen an exponential increase in the number of new infections every day, which is extremely worrying.”
South African National Taxi Council (SANTACO) KZN director Sifiso Shangase said he was very grateful for the initiative to have a vaccination site in the row. “This is one of the things that concerns us as the taxi industry, that our taxi drivers don’t have time [to go and get vaccinated]. We are happy and will continue to encourage taxi drivers to get vaccinated because the vaccine is our hope against Covid-19, ”Shangase said.
Thembekile Mhlongo from Umlazi was vaccinated on Friday at the Chesterville taxi rank. “We were shopping when I saw the vaccination site and decided to take the vaccine,” she said.
She said at first that she was scared of misinformation on social media about vaccines. Then her husband was vaccinated last week and he is fine.
“I get vaccinated because I want to protect my family. I have two children, 12 and 16, and an elderly mother. It’s more about protecting my loved ones than myself,” Mhlongo said.
The Islamic Medical Association (IMA), in partnership with the Ministry of Health, hosted a free Covid-19 vaccination site on Sunday at NMJ Hall in Morningside, Durban.
IMA director Yasiera Mahomed-Suliman said both Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines were given subject to availability. She said the goal of the drive-thru vaccination site is to maintain physical distance and make it as easy as possible for people to be vaccinated.
The process for the drive-thru vaccine consisted of three stages: recording the details, receiving the vaccine, and waiting ten minutes to see if there were any side effects.
Mphathi Nxumalo, from Umbilo, who received his Covid-19 jab at the drive on Sunday, said: “It was a good experience, and the staff were super efficient and I would recommend it to anyone who wants a quick and easy jab. “
“Some of the staff went to the cars and asked us to fill out forms. The experience was very interactive as there was constant communication and it made the experience much faster and more efficient. They gave us the options. of jabs that we took and it made us feel in control. “
In an effort to expand its vaccination reach, the municipality of eThekwini will begin vaccinating the homeless at various sites from Monday.