| 28 May 2024, Tuesday |

South Africa to offer COVID-19 jabs at polling stations

South Africa announced on Friday that during next week’s local government elections, 1,000 vaccination centers will be set up at chosen polling stations to allow voters to get vaccinated after casting their ballots.

On Monday, the country, which has been hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic on the continent, will elect municipal councillors and mayors.

Because of the epidemic, the electoral commission attempted to postpone the elections, but the Constitutional Court rejected the request, ordering that they be held on November 1.

Around 1,000 vaccination sites will be set up around some of the 23,000 polling stations, targeting areas where inoculation uptake has been low.

“We hope this arrangement will offer convenience” for people who will have traveled to cast their ballots, “to vaccinate in one trip,” Health Minister Joe Phaahla told journalists.

Slightly over 12 million people are now fully vaccinated, around 30 percent of adults in South Africa.

The country, which has recorded more than 2.92 million cases including 89,100 fatalities, is targeting 40 percent of the adult population by end of November.

The World Health Organization on Thursday said unless there is a significant acceleration in administering shots, only five African countries, will reach the target of 40 percent of populations vaccinated by the end of the year.

  • Arab News