South Africa: Immunization roll-out plan in social development sector gaining momentum

The social development sector has increased its plan to roll out vaccination across the country, with the Northern Cape and Western Cape provinces joining other provinces to begin their vaccination roll-out on Wednesday.

During a visit to Tembisa and Thokoza immunization sites in Gauteng on Monday, Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu said she was pleased with the participation of the sector, especially Early Childhood Development (ECD) practitioners ) and social workers who showed up for vaccination. She said it was “a good starting point for this program”.

“I am also satisfied with the level of coordination and efficiency of the Ministry of Health on the vaccination sites which makes the vaccination journey a transparent process, and I appreciate the support of the acting Minister of Health and her team in this regard,” Zulu said. mentioned.

It was then that there were minor challenges, including some names of the workforce in social service professions not appearing on the Electronic Immunization Data System (EVDS) due to errors. techniques encountered by the South African Council of Social Service Professions (SACSSP). Other challenges include the fact that some members of the ECD sector are not properly scheduled for vaccination in specific sites.

These have since been largely resolved. Limpopo Province is expected to begin its vaccination rollout on Friday, July 23, 2021.

The Minister encouraged social service professionals and all DPE staff to be vaccinated by Friday July 23, 2021.

All ECD services that have been uploaded to the Ministry of Health EVDS by the Ministry of Social Development are also encouraged to travel to the nearest Social Development designated vaccination sites in the provinces where they reside, to get vaccinated.

“For ECD staff and social service professionals who are unsure if they have been uploaded to the EVDS, they should contact: 0800 029 999 before going to vaccination sites. In case their contact details do not appear on the EVDS, ECD personnel and social service professionals can contact their provincial coordinators, who will provide them with the necessary assistance.

“Industry members are reminded that all vaccines are safe and the same, and they should take the vaccines available at the venues and not necessarily choose which vaccines to take,” Zulu said.

Sector members are reminded to carry the following documents when visiting vaccination sites:

Identity document or passport;

employee card; and a practice card or receipt in the case of registered practitioners;

Medical aid cards for those receiving medical aid; and

Ensure they have an up-to-date mobile phone number which should be provided to the healthcare professional at the vaccination site to ensure they receive further communications directly from the Ministry of Health.

Vaccination sites will remain open between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily.

While vaccinations are voluntary, the minister encouraged everyone in the industry to get out and get vaccinated, as “it’s the only lifeline they can have against the devastating effects of COVID-19, which has already caused many victims even within the social sector”. .”

“Vaccinations are indeed safe and will provide protection against the spread of this virus, and they will also allow industry members to be able to reach more people knowing they have been vaccinated,” Zulu said.

Zulu was accompanied by acting health minister Mamoloko Kubayi.

Joel C. Hicks