COVID-19 Vaccine | Drive-thru vaccination sites

COVID-19 Vaccine | Drive-thru vaccination sites

welcome back with south africa’s culvert 19 vaccination program beginning to pick up pace drive-through facilities are among the new vaccination sites being set up one such a site is that swat corps raceway in centurion anti-crime activism site spokesperson yusef obamji joins us now this evening to tell us more about the site you have always a pleasure being in conversation with you talk to us about this the swat groups raceway it’s certainly been doing the rounds on social media and we’ve been able to track just how many people have come in to get their jabs how is it faring in your opinion good evening faith we’ve been operating for just over two weeks uh the housing premier when i met him at the muslim association of the africa’s uh drive-through site in houghton said to us why didn’t we start the capitals first drive-through site in the pretoria on the schwann area i took up the challenge and i mobilized members of the community and on the friday just two weeks ago the premiere came and we officially opened the first drive to the site in the swat cops raceway on the r55 in centurion uh within 10 days we were able to hit the 5 000 vaccination mark which we believe is a a great achievement in such a short period of time and we hope that by this week uh tuesday or wednesday faith we should be reaching the 10 000 mark just to give you an idea when the registrations opened for the over 18 we had a queue of three or four kilometers this morning as early as seven o’clock the r-55 road the busy road between pretoria west and the center area was lined up with about two or three kilometers of cars people waiting patiently we had to extend a number of vaccination ways and we offering both johnson and johnson and fisa vaccines the response has been fantastic and while people wait in the queues they are very patient we provide a very friendly service a very user-friendly service quick efficient and you get a chair in the comfort of your car do you think that that is the way that we’re going to see an uptake in the number of people getting the jab use of that people are more after the convenience of getting a jab as opposed to perhaps the amount of time it would take to get yourself vaccinated that knowing that i’m in my car you know it’s like going through a drive-through eating you know place an eating joint you don’t have to worry so much and stress so much about the logistics involved in getting a jab could that possibly be the solution for us to actually see an even bigger uptake most certainly we we’ve seen that for example every houston some of the other drive-through sites people are happy to wait in the comfort of the vehicle and get a jab now when we look at the world experience especially in the united states of america that has become a very famous point where people are getting their vaccines faith and i believe that even in south africa people are happy to sit in their cars listen to the radio do their work and even for two or three hours just get through the drive through and make sure that they get a job without going out in the cold or in the heat without sitting and waiting in long queues there’s no problem with social distancing and it seems to be a working formula and i hope that government will expand the number of drive-through sites that they have in other parts of south africa we know it’s possible to tell specifically the durban area uh the muslim community has started a similar site uh and i think the recipe is one of success so uh the formula is is one of uh which is working we know that in many parts of the world there’s a lot of incentive for people to vaccinate in fact in america they’re even having a lottery system where they have a lucky draw where you can win a few thousand dollars well we don’t have that kind of resources but what we do offer which i believe has been a drawcard for example this morning the first hundred people that went through the vaccination raiser they get a a pastry they get a bottle of water a vitamin c sachet we give them a sanitizer so this seems to be a drawcard as well we are obviously trying to get people vaccinated yeah and and i think it’s an important way to get people to get the job yeah do you ever find that some of the people that you encounter are still very vaccine hesitant and how is it that you stop these conversations around the safety of vaccines as well as the process of vaccinating there were many calls from time to time actually saying what we need is more transparency we need more appropriate uh and adequate information dissemination so that i can make an informed decision when i get the jab you know it’s a very interesting question most certainly we are seeing more and more people who are empty vaccines now coming forward we know that in certain communities people are totally against the vaccines but i think the the mindset is now changing we even seen that more males are coming through we’re not afraid there was a suggestion that uh more females are getting vaccinated but we’re now seeing a good mix of male and female we we are seeing a massive update in people over the age of 18 although the last few days we’ve seen a lot of elderly people over the age of 60 also coming together jab so most certainly there’s a mind change the other day i had somebody was very outspoken against vaccines he came to get a chair but i asked him what made you change your mind and he said that the misinformation that you’ve seen on social media especially kept him away but he’s now confirmed that the vaccines are the way to go maybe let me also quickly add the faith this particular drive-through is a partnership between the whole thing government and the community we have volunteer doctors volunteer nurses volunteer paramedics volunteer members of the community who are doing admin data capturing and this would not have been possible without the volunteerism which is active citizenry at work but the great news is more and more people are getting their jabs and we appeal to them come and get your jabs and and really we really believe it’s a way of saving lives yeah well yusuf i mean speaking here about active citizenry i mean even if we have to look at limbopo as a case for example uh limpopo health mec um of course popperamatuba saying that the way that they managed to get so many people vaccinated in the limpupa province was that they somehow democratized the process of vaccination they did not make it just a government initiative they gave a lot of the the initiative to the community members so that the communities could be the ones that call on other members of the community to get themselves jabbed is that the way that we’re gonna win this when it comes to getting people vaccinated that we don’t find government holding or holding on to uh information and hoarding the the championing of this vaccination drive that the more you disseminate it to members of the community maybe people can identify with their community members as opposed to maybe a government official it’s such an interesting question straight and i think you’re absolutely right that the proposal formula is a winning formula and i think what the housing government has now done through the premier and through the embassy for health is to try to get more community partnerships we’ve seen more pop-up sites becoming available we even for example seen the housing government coming to radio and tv stations trying to urge them to get vaccinated taking the private sector along we as civil society have to take the lead if we as civil society and members of the community can show that vaccines work i think it will go a long way in influencing especially those people who are gains of vaccines to come forward so i think that the one is a good example and and really i think we have a lot of work to do we know the numbers in khao teng is are not as much as high as other provinces limpopo is leading the way we know that the whole thing is densely populated but i think the updated the numbers of increasing increasing numbers we are seeing for example yesterday i think how they hit about 75 000. the thousand is a hundred thousand we still have but a long way to go but if some society communities get religious bodies everyone can work together and take ownership i think it will help a hell of a lot to say yusuf abramji always a pleasure thank you so much for joining us this evening anti-crime activists they’re giving us the latest on the vaccination drug that is current underway at the swat corps raceway
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