The Gauteng Department of Health has partnered with faith-based organisations to set up vaccination sites at places of worship across the province.

This is aimed at vaccinating communities as part of its efforts to ensure that places of worship can resume hosting normal services as soon as possible.

With the threat of a possible fourth wave of COVID-19 infections, the Gauteng Department of Health says they are working with multiple stakeholders to get as many people vaccinated as possible.

Spokesperson, Kwara Kekana says the pop-up sites will have both walk-in and drive-thru.

“The Gauteng Provincial Government’s drive to vaccinate 10 million people by this December will see the province scale-up the campaign to take the vaccine to places of worship as from Sunday, 12 September. Vaccination has proven to be effective in minimizing severe illness, hospitalisation, and deaths in the event one contracts the coronavirus. The vaccination team will register and vaccinate all persons who are 18 years and above. All you need to do is to bring your proof of identity with you. The pop-up site will provide both walk-in and drive-thru vaccination,” says Kekana.


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Latest COVID-19 statistics in SA

The Health Ministry says 53 555 people received a vaccine in the latest 24 hour reporting period – continuing the trend where much lower numbers of people get a vaccine over the weekend.

Government had been hoping to give up to 300 000 vaccines a day, but so far, has not achieved that number. More than 7.1 million people are now full vaccinated in South Africa.

A further 143 people have passed away from COVID-19-related complications in the latest 24-hours reporting cycle, taking the national death toll since the pandemic outbreak in South Africa to 84 751.

The country has also recorded 5 309 new COVID-19 infections, with total positive cases now at 2 854 234.