Department pushes for end to Covid-19 jabs for specific sectors
Acting Health Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi will present a proposal to the interministerial committee on Covid-19 to scrap the current vaccination strategy and focus on expanding vaccination coverage by age. Covid-19 vaccines are currently offered to people aged 35 and older, along with people working in key sectors such as basic education and security. This multipronged strategy had proven administratively cumbersome and time-consuming, Kubayi told the committee.
She said government is trying to find mechanisms that are inclusive and give all South Africans the opportunity to be vaccinated. Western Cape head of health Keith Cloete said it is administratively cumbersome to create parallel special groups, but much easier to just say everybody over the age of 35 can be registered and should be vaccinated as part of the programme.