Jabs aplenty but SA vaccination drive has lost momentum

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Jabs aplenty but SA vaccination drive has lost momentum

The 35-50 age group has turned out to be a vaccine-shy bunch, says ‘worried’ health department

Presidency reporter

The national department of health on Tuesday conceded that its Covid-19 vaccination programme has lost momentum due to vaccine hesitancy.

“The president made a pronouncement a few weeks ago that he would want to see us vaccinating up to 300,000 South Africans per day.

“We were excited when we were sitting at about 275,000 on July 21, but we are now down to about 175,000 vaccinations per day. That is a red light that tells you something should be happening that is not happening,” said newly appointed deputy minister of health Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo...

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