The Limpopo Health Department has launched a COVID-19 vaccination campaign in Lephalale, a mining town in the Waterberg district that attracts work seekers from various parts of the country.
To ramp up the fight against COVID-19 in the province, the department is launching a vaccination program at the Exxaro Coal Mine.
The Provincial Health MEC, Dr. Phophi Ramathuba, said they anticipated vaccinating roughly 2000 workers by the end of the day on Tuesday.
As part of its effort to raise vaccine awareness, the health department has also set up a temporary gazabo at Lephalale Mall to encourage workers to get vaccinated.
Dr. Ramathuba said the department has also reached out to managers within the mall to allow their staff to acquire their vaccinations.
“The response has been very encouraging,” said Dr. Ramathuba, noting that by lunchtime, more than 100 staff members had already been vaccinated.
“We are vaccinating people from the age of 35 upwards. Even those who are not registered will be guided through the procedure, while those who have registered will make things simple, “said Dr. Ramathuba.
Dr. Ramathuba stated that while the mining sector is at risk of COVID-19, the department has prioritised immunization since more people at those workplaces operate in groups than the general population.
“We are pursuing mass vaccination, with every segment of society being inoculated, especially those whose work puts them at risk, to achieve herd immunity.
We continue to encourage members of our community to register for COVID-19 vaccinations through the Electronic Vaccination Delivery System, WhatsApp, or SMS so that they can be vaccinated, “added Dr. Ramathuba.