David Makhura monitors Gauteng’s vaccine drive

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By: Kaya 959 News

Gauteng Premier David Makhura spent much of this week visiting vaccine sites across the province.

This is part of the province’s plan to ramp up vaccinations in the fight against COVID-19.

Makhura was joined by MECs Dr Nomathemba Mokgethi and Jacob Mamabolo, and Ekurhuleni Mayor Mzwandile Masina.

“Government continues to implement innovative solutions such as drive-through and mobile or pop up vaccination sites to ramp up the vaccine programme in Gauteng to ensure that all eligible people receive the jab at their nearest site,” Makhura said.

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He said he was unhappy about the number of people coming out to be vaccinated and urged people to register and receive their jab.

Gauteng Roads and Transport said residents across Soweto have responded positively to the pop up site at the Bara taxi rank.

The department said taxi drivers, passengers, and retail workers came out in their numbers to get vaccinated.

The Phelophepha train will be at the Springs train station on Friday to vaccinate taxi drivers.

“The service will be extended to the public from 23 -30 August. No one will be turned away. Please bring any form of identification, we will assist you,” the department said.

A pop up site will also be set up at the Noord taxi rank on Friday. People aged 35 and older are urged to visit the site.

Transnet’s Transvaco train will be at Springs Train Station on Friday from 10am – 3pm.

The vaccination team will register and vaccinate all eligible people on the spot.

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Gauteng on Thursday recorded 1,756 new COVID-19 infections. Gauteng Health spokesperson Motalatale Modiba said the province has a total of 892,734 confirmed cases, with more than 18,000 succumbing to COVID-19.

“A total number of 5 163 people are currently hospitalised in the public and private facilities meanwhile 2 435 people were hospitalised in public hospitals while 2 728 more were in private medical facilities.”