Deputy President Launches Collaborative Vaccination Campaign

Deputy President David Mabuza is calling on all citizens to get vaccinated to lower the country's infection rate. He was speaking during the launch of the Vaccination Social Mobilisation campaign that has been launched in collaboration with the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture.

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Under the theme ‘Return to Play – it’s in your hands’, Deputy President David Mabuza partnered with the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture to launch the Vaccination Social Mobilisation campaign In Gauteng on Wednesday.

During the event, Mabuza called on all citizens to get vaccinated in order to lower the country's infection rate, hospitalizations and fatalities due to Covid-19.

Mabuza stated that by reaching out to communities through this campaign, they have collaborated in their joint resolve to combat the COVID-19 epidemic.

If we are to revive our vibrant creative industries, if we are to return to our theatres, stadiums to play and enjoy, it is important that our vaccination programme is accelerated to reach as many people as possible

The Deputy President was accompanied by Sports, Arts and Culture Minister, Nathi Mthethwa; Deputy Minister of Health, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo and Gauteng Premier David Makhura, among others.

He went on to say that the government is certain that the campaign will reach every town, neighbourhood, and street corner in South Africa, thanks to the active engagement of leaders and practitioners in the creative industries and sport.

As part of this social mobilisation programme, we must reach out to educate communities about the benefits of vaccines, and dispel myths and the spread of fake and untrue conspiracy theories about vaccines. In that way, we will ensure that we eliminate vaccine hesitancy and save more lives in the process.

He further reiterated the importance of active participation by the country in global efforts to combat the Covid-19 pandemic would result in a more revived sports and creative industry that would, in turn, contribute to South Africa's economic recovery.

The country's response to containing the spread of Covid-19 infections, according to the Deputy President, necessitated the implementation of restrictions, which had an impact on the economy as a whole while ensuring lives were saved.

The restrictions related to entertainment and sporting venues have made it difficult for some of our artists to sustain themselves. With limited financial resources from the government, no amount of support could be enough to compensate for the negative impact of Covid-19 on sustainable incomes and livelihoods.

Mabuza also stated that the only way to save lives and restore the economy is to speed the vaccine program's rollout in order to achieve the needed levels of public immunity.

He added that this has been the case with developed nations such as the United Kingdom and Germany who are currently reaping the economic benefits of their lockdown policy implementations. He then stated that the  African continent has a long way to go before it can achieve the same levels of population immunity.

Meanwhile, Gauteng premier David Makhura announced that the Gauteng province is officially out of the third wave.  

We can only fully return to some new normality when we have vaccinated between 67% and 80% of our population. Vaccines are the most powerful game-changer in our hands.

 

 

 

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