The Department of Health has confirmed that it will be working with the private sector to secure a COVID-19 vaccine for South Africa, as announced during its latest media briefing.
The Department of Health took to Twitter on Sunday, 3 January 2021, to circulate a statement providing an update on efforts towards acquiring a COVID-19 vaccine for the country. During the briefing fronted by Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize, it was confirmed that the efforts to secure the vaccine are in collaboration with the private sector and medical schemes.
The efforts are to ensure that as many people as possible have access to the vaccine through the three-pronged distribution. The distribution is expected to be implemented by the end of the first quarter of the year, should the acquisition process run smoothly. The distribution plan is set to first cover frontline healthcare workers, essential workers and vulnerable groups to the disease, and lastly, the rest of the population.
In explaining the need for the collaboration, the statement detailed that the “Department has embarked on distribution and delivering structures: through national government, public sector, private sector, civil society, labour, traditional leaders and structures that will report to Provincial and District Coordinating Councils. This will ensure that we take all of society with us and get community buy and a well-coordinated campaign that is successfully ruled out with good uptake of the vaccinations offered.”
See the post below.
Statement by Minister Zweli Mkhize during the Public Briefing on South Africa’s COVID-19 Vaccine Strategy https://t.co/E5CcyNWFoQ
— Dr Zweli Mkhize (@DrZweliMkhize) January 3, 2021