Social relief organisation Business for South Africa says more mobile vaccine sites are needed to reach herd immunity and to combat vaccination hesitancy.

As part of efforts to drive the country’s vaccine rollout, the Solidarity Fund, business and government have teamed up to launch the #RollUpYourSleevesSA campaign.

The four-month-long campaign was created to support the vaccine drive aimed at achieving the 28 million target of first dose vaccination for adults by the end of 2021.

B4SA Working Group Chairperson, Dr Stavros Nicolaou, says more people can be reached through mobile or pop-up vaccination sites.

“I think we are going to see a lot more activity around pop-up facilities, mobile clinics and the likes thereof where we take the vaccine to the people. There are three categories of unvaccinated people. People that are vaccine apathetic, people that are vaccine-hesitant and then you get your anti-vaxxer group. The first two categories are important to focus on because those are not necessarily people that don’t want to get vaccinated but require more information for example, what we call vaccine literacy.”

SABC vaccine pop-up site 

In August, the Gauteng Department of Health said the provincial government will continue to partner with organisations to promote vaccination against COVID-19.

The department and the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) opened a pop-up vaccination site at the SABC where vaccinations were made available to staff and members of the public.

SABC Anchor Sakina Kamwendo spoke to some members of the public who received the vaccine shots: