The Minister of Health, Joe Phaahla, announced on Friday that more than 82 000 people lost their lives due to the stubborn COVID-19 third wave.
He says the only way to counter this invisible enemy is through non-pharmaceutical interventions and vaccination, adding that the government has sufficient vaccine supply to intensify the fight against the virus.
So far, nearly 10 million South Africans have been vaccinated, Dr. Phaahla says.
As of Thursday night, the Health Minister said 9.7 million people had been vaccinated in the country, with 6.3 million fully vaccinated.
“As a government, our priority is to mobilise and convince people to take the vaccine voluntarily. The thrust of our strategy is to speak to people and allay their fears so that they can come voluntarily to receive the vaccination, “said Dr. Phaahla.
According to President Cyril Ramaphosa, those who refuse vaccinations risk worsening illnesses and prolonging economic hardships for the rest of the country.
President said during a hybrid session of the National Assembly on Friday.
“If we can vaccinate the majority of our people, particularly adults, before December, we can avoid another devastating wave of diseases and economic difficulties,” said President Ramaphosa.
“Those who refuse to be vaccinated increase the risks for all of us, not only of a further resurgence of infections, but of prolonging economic recovery.” President Ramaphosa.
To ease the economy’s crisis, the President said the government has a responsibility to encourage South Africans 18 years and older to visit their nearest vaccination centers to get a jab, adding that vaccinations are free, safe, and effective.
Now, musicians are also drawing attention to the dangers of the infection, urging people to get vaccinated.
Musician Vusi Nova is at Maponya Mall pop-up vaccination site. He encourages all eligble people to get the jab so economic activities can resume and music venues can open again.If you stay around Soweto just bring your ID and you will be jabbed on the spot #IChoosevaccination pic.twitter.com/i3mDAiWZaG
— Department of Health (@HealthZA) September 3, 2021
One such musician is Vusi Nova, a well-known Afro-Soul artist who visited the Maponya Mall vaccination site in Soweto on Friday to encourage people to get vaccinated.
“For economic activities to resume and music venues to reopen. Bring your ID and you’ll get a jab on the spot, “he said.