The idea behind Vooma Vaccination Weekend is to enable South Africans to get vaccinated as a means to fight the Covid-19 pandemic. President Cyril Ramaphosa will lead the launch of Vooma Vaccination Weekend in Katlehong, Gauteng, today.
The Vooma Vaccination campaign sets out to encourage citizens to get vaccinated
Both public and private health sectors, organised labour, business and community, as well as faith-based formation will join forces in the vaccination drive on Fridays and Saturdays.
“Vaccines are safe and easy to receive. They protect people against serious illness, hospitalisation and death. And when the majority of people in the country are vaccinated, the nation will experience a greater sense of freedom and safety in social interactions and economic activity.,” said the Presidency ahead of the inaugural weekend.
The government would like to remind citizens that vaccines are free of charge. And during Vooma Vaccination Weekend, vaccination centres and points will be open all day across the country.
Deputy President Mabuza gets involved
The campaign came into effect after President Ramaphosa gave the go-ahead. And he instructed each Minister, Premier and Mayor “to convene at least one prominent event in every district in the country to support and encourage people to get vaccinated against Coronavirus.”
This includes providing enough information and taking the vaccination sites into different communities and homes.
Deputy President, David Mabuza, will launch the Vooma Vaccination Weekend campaign in the Bojanala Platinum District, North West. He will also lead the “Return to Play: It’s In your Hands” social mobilisation campaign of the Department of Sport Arts and Culture. This will take place at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium.
“The focus of these initiatives is on partnering with all sectors of society to increase the rate of vaccination in the country towards ensuring that the target of reaching population immunity by 31 December 2021 is attained.”
Media Statement: President Ramaphosa kicks off Vooma Vaccination Weekend