The Presidency says more than 350 000 people were vaccinated against COVID-19 as part of the new Vooma Vaccination Campaign at the weekend, including Friday.  “The number of vaccine doses administered during the weekend was one and a half times the normal, daily rate,” says the Presidency in a statement.

The national campaign forms part of the government’s efforts to vaccinate at least 70% of the population by December.

Fourteen million more people have to be vaccinated for government to achieve this goal.

The multi-sectoral campaign, led by President Cyril Ramaphosa, took place in all provinces during the weekend as part of a series of campaigns to increase vaccinations against the virus.

President Cyril Ramaphosa engaging with the Katlegong taxi drivers as part of the Vooma Campaign:

“We would have liked this number to be higher but this was a very surge towards greater protection of our nation. I thank leaders from all sectors of society who successfully mobilised communities to protect themselves. We also applaud our healthcare workers in the public and private sectors who spent a big part of their weekend on the frontline to administer life-saving vaccines to the nation,” says President Cyril Ramaphosa.

He has urged those who have not vaccinated to do so.  “I hope the success of our first Vooma Vaccination Weekend will inspire unvaccinated people to step forward every day of the week and during our Vooma weekends to be vaccinated.”