Mabuza encourages KZN to intensify vaccinations in townships and rural areas

Deputy president David Mabuza said South Africa has enough vaccines but not enough people to vaccinate.

Deputy President David Mabuza (C) during the "Return To Play - It's In Your Hands" vaccination social mobilisation campaign at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, in KwaZulu-Natal on 8 October 2021. Picture: @MYANC/Twitter.

DURBAN - Deputy President David Mabuza has encouraged the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health to intensify vaccinations in townships and rural areas.

Mabuza was joined by Sports Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa as he led a vaccination social mobilisation campaign in Durban.

The campaign is aimed at reviving the sport and entertainment industry.

Mabuza said South Africa had enough vaccines but not enough people to vaccinate.

He said there was a need to intensify vaccinations across the country in order to return life to normal.

In KZN, he said areas that were lagging behind now needed to be targeted.

"The province of KwaZulu-Natal needs to intensify its efforts in this regard and take vaccination sites to our townships and to our farming communities."

Mabuza has also encouraged community members to encourage others to get vaccinated.

Meanwhile, more than 20,000 Department of Health staffers have still not been vaccinated for COVID-19 in KwaZulu-Natal.

This was revealed by the head of department Dr Sandile Tshabalala who said the province had been battling with getting more people immunised.

He said with some still resistant to getting the jab, attempts would be made to get them on board.

"All those workers of government are going to be encouraged to come and vaccinate, and we will take the same programme to other fields within the government offices."

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