The COVID-19 vaccine rollout in the country has been hit by challenge after challenge. Just as the pace began picking up, the present unrest is now affecting the vaccination programme. @HeidiGiokos reports. Courtesy #DStv403
JOHANNESBURG - The COVID-19 vaccine rollout in the country has been hit by challenge after challenge.
Just as the pace began picking up, the present unrest is now affecting the vaccination programme.
Some vaccination centres have been forced to close for reasons of safety.
Just over 4.2 million people have been immunised and government is targeting administering a quarter of million jabs per day.
But the Independent Community Pharmacy Association said this "now becomes impossible since pharmacy vaccination sites have been destroyed and looted".
"It is with utter dismay that we as independent pharmacies, the frontline against COVID-19 infections and a primary role player in vaccinations, find ourselves in a desperate situation," it said in a statement.
It also warned that the "frenzied" looting itself created potential super-spreader gatherings.
- Additional reporting AFP
Due to the unrest in KwaZulu-Natal, Dis-Chem Pharmacies, Dis-Chem Vaccination Sites and Dis-Chem Drive Through Testing Stations in the area will be closed today. We appreciate your patience and apologise for any inconvenience. 💚 KZN family, please stay safe. pic.twitter.com/EXSvvjXa2v— Dis-Chem (@Dischem) July 12, 2021
Public vaccination sites that aren’t in a mall can still operate. Diepkloof Hall is seeing people come in. But not even 100meters away the looting continues. Some even called us to say they want to say hi on camera while carrying boxes of goods. #Unrest #Looting #eNCA pic.twitter.com/nQBpkK0SII— Heidi Giokos (@HeidiGiokos) July 13, 2021