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#UnrestSA: Gauteng vaccination sites reopen after low turnout during violence

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  • Nine Covid-19 vaccination sites in Gauteng had been closed attributable to unrest final week, however have since been reopened.
  • The provincial well being division mentioned it skilled low turnout at vaccination sites final week.
  • The division additionally urged people who find themselves feeling sick to reschedule their vaccinations.

The Gauteng Department of Health has mentioned that the province skilled a low turnout of individuals at vaccination sites during the nation’s violent unrest final week, as affected sites reopened this week. 

Motalatale Modiba, the head of communications within the division, mentioned no vaccines had been wasted final week when a number of sites within the province had been pressured to shut as a result of unrest, and that affected sites had since been reopened. 

“The Gauteng vaccination programme was affected by the violent protests, with a number of sites closed due to the violence. In the Joburg District, six sites were affected in the greater Soweto area, while the Ekurhuleni District had two sites closed in Vosloorus and Thokoza. One site was affected in Sedibeng District. The Tshwane and West Rand districts were not affected. The number of people presenting for vaccination were low across the province,” Modiba mentioned. 

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The province continues to steer the nation in Covid-19 infections. Modiba mentioned the division could be implementing varied methods, similar to weekend vaccinations – which the province has already announced- in addition to pop-up sites. 

He mentioned:

The Gauteng Provincial Government will quickly be unveiling a large programme that may see the vaccination drive being upscaled throughout the province, working with a number of stakeholders in the private and non-private sector together with the Faith-Based Organisations and NGO sectors.

Meanwhile, the division has additionally urged sick individuals to reschedule their vaccination after it was inundated with questions on the matter.

“Members of the public are advised that those who are sick or unwell should reschedule their vaccination appointment and come back when they have fully recovered. The flu and Covid-19 vaccine should be given at least 14 days apart. Furthermore, no vaccine may be co-administered with the Covid-19 vaccines.”

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