KZN launches massive vaccination drive as fourth wave infections rise

The provincial government is concerned about the province's slow uptake of the Covid-19 vaccination as infections soar.

KZN launches massive vaccination drive as fourth wave infections rise

The KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) government is planning to launch a massive vaccination drive across all districts of the province as the fourth wave of Covid-19 infections sweeps the country.

This was according to a statement released by the KZN provincial government following the last sitting of the Provincial Executive Council for 2021. The meeting, led by KZN Premier Sihle Zikalala, was held on 8 December 2021.

The provincial government noted that the Provincial Executive Council had received an update from the KZN Health MEC, Nomagugu Simelane, on the escalating number of COVID-19 infections in the province and the rest of the country.

“The Executive Council noted with great concern that the high rate of infection has catapulted the province into the Fourth Wave,” the provincial government said in the statement.

According to official Covid-19 statistics, the province had registered 1396 new cases on 7 December 2021.

“This once again underscores the resurgence of infections. The Executive Council is worried about the low rate of vaccinated people in the province,” the government said.

Province prepares for ‘mother of all’ vaccination drives

“The Provincial Government is inviting all sectors of society, from churches, traditional leaders, izinduna, NGO’s, NPO’s community structures, entertainment and sports personalities to join hands as the province prepares to launch the mother of all vaccination programmes across all districts in the province of KwaZulu-Natal,” the provincial government said.

The KZN government urged the public to get the Covid-19 vaccination.

“This is a very effective line of defence that enables the vaccinated body to fight the virus and prevent Covid-19 complications, severe illness or death,” the provincial government added.

Meanwhile, the latest variant of the virus, Omnicron, has so far shown not to produce severe symptoms that require infected people to be ventilated in hospital. However, medical experts have urged people to still take the virus very seriously, to get vaccinated and to adhere to Covid-19 health protocols such as hand washing, social distancing and the wearing of face masks.