The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) says government should consider coming up with more innovative ways to encourage young people to take vaccines against COVID-19.
This emerged during a webinar debate ahead of the Vooma Vaccination weekend campaign.
Over 13-million people have been fully vaccinated.
The NYDA’s Dudu Shongwe says,
“We also challenge the government to also try encourage the young people to go and vaccinate,” says NYDA’s Dudu Shongwe
“We know it is a bit difficult. But we know if you bring something for the young people even if you say you are going to win a shopping voucher. Like they’re doing now with the 60-years olds. They are giving them shopping vouchers for free. So maybe let us give young people R50 vouchers so that they come to the vaccination sites,” adds Shongwe.
On Friday morning, the Department of Health briefed the media on the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The video below is the update on the progress of government’s COVID-19 response:
Deputy President David Mabuza is on a visit in Gqeberha, in the Eastern Cape, on Friday to lead the ‘Return to Play: It is in Your Hands” campaign.
The campaign seeks to encourage people to get vaccinated in order to make it possible for social events including sporting events, festivals and concerts to return to normal.
The campaign has been launched in four provinces.
COVID-19 | Deputy President David Mabuza leads “Return to Play” campaign to encourage vaccination
In October, President Cyril Ramaphosa launched the Vooma Vaccination Campaign.
The aim of the campaign is to mobilise members of the public to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
The public and private health sectors, organised labour, business, communities, and faith-based organisations are joining forces in the vaccination drive.
COVID-19 | Pres. Ramaphosa leads inaugural Vooma vaccination campaign in Katlehong
Latest COVID-19 statistics in South Africa
South Africa has recorded 356 new COVID-19 cases, which brings the total number of infections to 2 924 978.
The National Institute of Communicable Diseases has also reported further 17 COVID-19 related deaths, bringing total fatalities to 89 452.
Latest SA stats: