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Old Mutual has joined forces with the Gauteng Department of Health (GDoH) to open a public vaccination site at Regina Mundi Catholic Church in Moroka (Rockville), Soweto.
Regina Mundi is central and easily accessible by public transport, which it’s hoped will increase vaccination uptake in the area.
According to Stats SA, Soweto is one the most densely populated areas in South Africa, with a population of approximately 1,271,628 people, 355, 331 households and 71% of residents who are of working age (age 15-64).
“The partnership with the Gauteng Department of Health is part our commitment to combatting vaccine hesitancy by creating convenient access to vaccinations,” says Mosala Phillips Chief Marketing Officer at Old Mutual Limited.
“Vaccination is our best hope of defeating the pandemic to save lives and restore livelihoods. We are proud to collaborate with government to make this essential service available, so that we can reach as many eligible people as possible in the quickest amount of time.”
The new vaccination site will have the capacity to vaccinate 1000 individuals a day. Vaccinations will be open to all individuals over the age of 12. Citizens need to follow government’s Electronic Vaccination Database System to register and select our site. We will also assist to register on the system.
Old Mutual will be supporting this site by providing operational and logistical support to create a seamless, efficient user experience. “The whole process is quick and easy. We will have enough vaccination stock and professional nursing staff to ensure minimal waiting times and queuing, so there’s no excuse not to come and get vaccinated,” Phillips says.
Shaznay Henney (Magna-Carta)
Soweto Sunrise News