The health department in the Northern Cape has launched a drive-through vaccination campaign. Residents who have not been inoculated yet, can get the Johnson and Johnson vaccine at the Upington Showgrounds in the comfort of their cars. The initiative will be rolled out to all five districts in the province. Provincial health department spokesperson, Lebogang Majaha says the drive-through sites will be available over weekends.

“As part of ramping up the COVID-19 vaccination drive in the province today, we launched a groundbreaking drive-through vaccination facility in Upington. As the provincial health department, we encourage those eligible for vaccination to visit the Upington showgrounds in the David Kuiper local municipality. Today and tomorrow between 8am and 4pm they can receive their Johnson and Johnson vaccine in the comfort of their own cars. This initiative will be rolled out to other districts across the province particularly during weekends.”

Correctional Services vaccination drive

Correctional Services in the Northern Cape and Free State say they are confident that they will reach their target to inoculate 90 percent of offenders by the seventh of next month. The vaccination roll out commenced at the Tshwelopele Correctional Centre in Kimberley on Friday, where offenders and officials received the first dose of the two dose Pfizer vaccine.

Some members of the public have questioned why prisoners are being made a priority for the vaccine, while they are still waiting. However, inmates at the centre were delighted to receive their first vaccine shot.

“I went to take the vaccination and there were no side-effects, there was nothing. It is a nice thing to do, so that I can be protected. I am feeling very happy and very glad to be injected with the vaccine because a lot of people are losing their lives due to this pandemic virus. I was a little negative about it, but I came to the decision to take it, it’s a positive thing to take it,” say some inmates.