The Free State Health Department says the pop-up vaccination site set up at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Office Park in Bloemfontein, is strategically placed to cater to people in Westdene and surrounding areas.

The department in conjunction with SABC continued with the pop-up vaccination site that was set up last week. Provincial Health spokesperson, Mondli Mvambi says the Free State ranks fourth in the country with the number of people that have been vaccinated.

Mvambi says they want to set up as many vaccination stations as possible, with a view to expediting the vaccination programme.

He says it is important to take the vaccines to the people.

“Healthcare professionals have been working overtime to make sure that they take the vaccine to the people. But the most important amongst others is the strategic move in the view of the province because the MEC said, set up a vaccination site at SABC. Mme Mamontha amongst other people said, my people are working here, they are not able to go to the vaccine sites, but I see other people passing by as domestic workers in the vicinity of Westdene, that would have never vaccinated because they were hesitant but without information, others were scared, others were uncertain.”

Business manager inland combo in the Free State for Lesedi FM and Motsweding FM Mamontha Motaung says they are happy to have supported the Health Department to set up the pop-up vaccination site within the SABC.

“It’s easy to access, you don’t have to wait for long, it’s a drive-thru, even if you’re on a bicycle it’s easy for you to come down. Even if it could have been two or five people, at least we have two or five people who vaccinated because the whole programme is to make sure that people are vaccinated. So some people don’t find time to do this as easy as that, so we are very proud as Lesedi FM to be part of this initiative.”

One of the employees of the SABC in Bloemfontein, Cleopatra Khomamatodi says the site has been useful to her.

She is amongst people that took the opportunity to vaccinate at the site.

“I took this opportunity to come to the vaccination pop-up at the SABC which is organised in collaboration with the Department of Health because it was a one-stop-shop for me. I was coming to work and when I got here there was no queue at all. The health workers explained everything, the process. I had a couple of questions that I needed to ask and they answered in full, on how the vaccine works and why we need to vaccinate. So, then I took that opportunity because I  had received a whole lot of info from them.”