Western Cape government has changed its image of being known as one of the top three Provinces that was leading with a high number of Covid-19 Positive Case in South Africa, with more than 19800 people who succumbed to Covid-19 to being one of the provinces that have vaccinated the highest number of people with more than 3 million administered vaccinations.
The Western Cape Government initiated programs that were meant to motivate people to get vaccinated from red dot minibus transportation to the weekend Vooma vaccination campaign commenced on the 1st of October and had a total of 59429 vaccinations.
Vooma which is a word derived from the Afrikaans word woema meaning energy and speed, it also resembles the Nguni word “vuma” meaning agree, is a drive that motivates people to vaccinate so that they can enjoy the festive holidays. Vooma is part of the SaveourSummer campaign, that the department has formed to increase opportunities for vaccination before Christmas.
The hospitality sector in Western Cape was highly affected by the Covid 19 lockdown last year during the festive season, President Ramaphosa announced the closure of beaches and for Restaurants to operate for certain hours, during level three and international tourists could not visit South Africa, which resulted in a permanent closure of some business and job losses I South Africa.
80 sites are open during the weekend across the province from 08:00 to 12:00 pm or 14 pm in some sites rural towns such as Plettenberg Bay included, you can bring your ID or passport to the site and the registration will be provided.
According to the Department of health communications, Nadia Ferreira the Garden Route administered 1104 vaccines during the Vooma Vaccination drive despite cold and rainy weather conditions.
Vaccination teams in Plettenberg Bay have opened sites during weekends but have found that outreaches are more successful and currently the focus is on getting the vaccine to the communities. This includes far outlying areas, factories, farms and businesses.
Nomfundo Nofemele is one of the people who vaccinated during the weekend she workes at a local restaurant and did not have time to be vaccinated during the week.
In an inclusive interview with JHR Nofemele said “
I’ve been retrenched three times already in one year, the Restaurant could not afford to pay us, and one restaurant closed down when I heard of the vooma vaccination on weekends I heard to take it because at least I start working in the afternoons on weekends
“The Restaurant I for also does special events and catering, people are now required to be vaccinated in order to work in those events by the host and restaurants have no other option
To obey the hosts’ wishes, my right to work last year was taken away by Covid-19 when restaurants and beaches closed down.
I do not want that to repeat this year, I am vaccinating to protect my right to work and ensure that I do not affect my core workers and children with Covid-19.”
The South African bill of the right states that everyone had a right to an environment that is not harmful to their health or wellbeing, to have the environment protected, for the benefit of present and future generations, through reasonable legislative and other measures that prevent pollution and ecological degradation promotes conservation and secure ecologically sustainable development and use of natural resources while promoting justifiable economic.
President Ramaphosa presented the Western Cape (along with Limpopo and Eastern Cape) with an award at the launch of the VOOMA campaign Friday 1 October, to mark the excellent progress in the province.
By Siphokazi Mnyobe