Business Unity South Africa’s (Busa) chief executive Cas Coovadia has encouraged churches and other places in which people gather to be open to the idea of making them vaccination sites.

He was speaking in support of the ongoing Vooma vaccine initiative that is aimed at getting more people vaccinated.

Coovadia says a lack of access to vaccines in some places could be one of the reasons some people have not yet been vaccinated.

“The other thing we have been pushing as business is some sort of mandatory vaccination. I think one of the issues was vaccine not being brought to the people, and that is why the Department of Health, not only during Vooma weekends has jacked up mobile vaccination sites.”

“I think other reasons are that there is just a lot of fake news about vaccines. I think Omicron has also added a spurt to vaccinations because people have seen the impact of Omicron,” he adds.

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Meanwhile, the Health Department has encouraged more people in Tshwane to vaccinate as the impact of the fourth wave is already gripping the Capital City.

Tshwane is so far the COVID-19 epicentre in Gauteng.

Most COVID-19 related hospital admissions and deaths are recorded in Tshwane so far, raising concern of a devastating impact when the peak of the fourth wave grips Gauteng.

Most people vaccinated in Tshwane are between the ages 40 and 49, followed by 30-39 years old.

So far, just over 29% of the Tshwane population is fully vaccinated. This is predominately due to the low vaccination rate among the youth.

Omicron is now the dominant variant in Gauteng as cases spike: