Gauteng Public Transport and Roads Infrastructure MEC, Jacob Mamabolo, visited Thembisa’s Esangweni Taxi Rank where he encouraged more people to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
Accompanied by a delegation, Mamabolo said the visit formed part of the government’s plan to get more people vaccinated.
He said they were targeting over 14 000 operators in Ekurhuleni alone.
“The objective of the drive is to encourage taxi drivers, in particular, to register for Covid-19 vaccine. The pilot of our taxi rank vaccination has been welcomed by drivers and commuters,” he said.
He said last month, they received a lot of negative comments about the vaccination.
“Many complained that they were unconvinced if they wanted to visit vaccination sites. We agreed to bring them closer,” he said.
Mamabolo said it was not easy to encourage them but he was delighted with what he saw during his visit.
Latest COVID-19 numbers
Currently, the vaccine drive is opened to those aged 35 and older. From September 1, 18-34-year-olds will be eligible for registration.
According to the National Department of Health, over nine million vaccines have been administered in South Africa.
The country currently has a total of 2 568 511 confirmed Covid cases with a death toll at 76 247.
Gauteng has passed the peak of the third wave.
According to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases, the latest statistics show that the majority of new cases were from Western Cape (26%), followed by KwaZulu-Natal (25%).
“Gauteng Province accounted for 16%; Eastern Cape accounted for 11%; Mpumalanga accounted for 6%; Free State and North West each accounted for 5% respectively; Limpopo Province accounted for 3% and Northern Cape accounted for 2%.
“The total number of cases today (n=14 271) is higher than yesterday (n=7 502) and higher than the average number of new cases per day over the 7 preceding days (n=10 169). The 7-day moving average daily number of cases has increased,” the NICD reported.
There has been an increase of 579 hospital admissions in the past 24 hours.