Caption: The Deputy Minister (DM) in the Presidency Zizi Kodwa pictured during the COVID-19 vaccination outreach campaign at the informal settlement next to Dukathole Clinic to get vaccinated.
“We have observed that residents are reluctant to visit vaccination sites and we have since changed the strategy by taking vaccines to the people. Wherever we go we vaccinate more than 200 people.”
Those were the words of Dr Gilbert Motlatla, Head of Department for Health and Social Services in the City, during the COVID-19 vaccination outreach campaign led by the Deputy Minister (DM) in the Presidency Zizi Kodwa on Friday, 19 November.
The campaign, which started at Buhle Park Taxi Rank, was a call by the DM to visit Ekurhuleni to help increase the number of residents getting their vaccines and encourage those with an outstanding second dose to complete their course ahead of the probable fourth wave.
Reflecting on the HOD’s observations the DM commended the City for relooking its strategy and taking vaccines to the people.
The second stop of the outreach campaign was a visit to Dukathole Clinic in Germiston where the deputy minister was given feedback on how the vaccination rollout is going at the facility.
While he was pleased with how health services are provided at the clinic he swiftly took a detour, leading a team of health practitioners in a door-to-door visit to encourage residents in the informal settlement next to Dukathole Clinic to get vaccinated.
The health team also took the opportunity to administer COVID-19 vaccines during the door-to-door visit.
The visit to the informal settlement was prompted by feedback that residents in the area are possibly not as enthusiastic to visit the clinic for COVID-19 vaccines as they were during the first and second wave of the pandemic.