The City of Cape Town (COCT) has dispatched three vaccination vans to areas with low vaccination intake, to improve access and vaccine coverage in the metropole.
According to the COCT, the health department hopes to help accelerate vaccination rates, with the rollout of three mobile ‘pop up’ vaccination stations. The service is now operational in the Area South, Area East, and Area Central health sub-districts which includes some of the lowest registration rates such as, Nomzamo (8,45%), Philippi (10,63%), and Delft (23,3%).
The vans will also help to close the growing gap of vaccine inequity being reported between the insured and uninsured residents.
The city’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Zahid Badroodien says the COCT is excited about these vaccination vans and the critical role they can play in helping to boost the number of vaccinated residents.
” The locations for the sites will be chosen in consultation with local clinics and councilors, to ensure word gets out ahead of time. The vaccination vans will be able to complete the registration of clients and administer their vaccines,” Badroodien said.
Badroodien says as, with the permanent vaccination sites, the priority will be given to persons 60 and older. as walk in without having registered, will be accepted.
” Other groups who are eligible for vaccination in terms of the national rollout will be assisted if they have been registered, however, we call upon National Government to open up registration and vaccination for all age groups without further delay.
Meanwhile, the vaccination vans will target the communities of Philippi, Khayelitsha, and the Bellville areas.