President Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed optimism that people will turn out in their numbers to vaccinate this weekend. Ramaphosa led the inaugural Vooma Vaccination Weekend Campaign in Katlehong in Ekurhuleni on Friday.

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, the community and faith-based organisations are joining forces in the vaccination drive.

Ramaphosa says the eight-million South Africans who have been fully vaccinated so far are not sufficient for the country to curb infections.

“So this for us is a very important weekend and that’s why I have directed that the deputy president and ministers should all be out. We believe that we now need to vaccinate 17 million people between now and the end of the year. We believe that it is imminently doable and all we need to do is to do 250 000 every single work day including the Vooma Vaccination Weekend to get to that number.”

VIDEO: President Ramaphosa leads inaugural Vooma Vaccination Campaign in Katlehong