SAPS vaccine roll-out moving smoothly.

The vaccination of SAPS employees is well under way, with no hiccups being reported since the commencement of the roll-out last week. As of the 13th of July, 1 060 SAPS employees had received the Covid-19 vaccine.

The provincial police commissioner, Lt Gen Semakaleng Manamela, was one of the members who received their vaccination on the day of the launch at the SAPS head office in Ferreira Street.

The MEC for community safety, security and liaison, Vusi Shongwe, said the process of launching the SAPS vaccine is “looking after the right targets and at the right time”.

“Everyone who arrives in the province lands in the hands of the police, in terms of roadblocks and other programmes. The police and traffic officers engage the public daily. Immediately after this programme, I will engage the MEC for health; traffic officers must also get their jab. They are equally exposed daily, just like the police,” he said.

Shongwe said the plan is to vaccinate over 11 000 employees at the 11 registered sites across the province.

“The estimated date of completion for this programme is the end of August.”

The vaccination sites for the provincial SAPS employees are the head office and the following police stations: Hazyview, Nelspruit, Tonga, Secunda, Standerton, Piet Retief, Ermelo, Middelburg, Witbank and KwaMhlanga. Shongwe said he encouraged SAPS members to be vaccinated, as well as the people in the province and neighbouring countries, such as Mozambique and eSwatini.

The provincial Department of Health said the following phases were currently in progress: Phase 1, the vaccination of all health workers, and phase 2, persons 50 and above, and educators and their support staff.

The MEC for health, Sasekani Manzini, urged the public to register and get the vaccine.

“All the 250 sites will assist them with registration.” Col Donald Mdluli, the spokesperson for the Mpumalanga SAPS, said everything is moving smoothly.

Meanwhile, the Mpumalanga Department of Education (DoE) extended the deadline date for its vaccination roll-out programme.

“Both the departments of health and education agreed to do a mop-up vaccination drive on July 13 and 14 at the 20 sites established in the four districts of the DoE,” said the DoE’s spokesperson, Gerald Sambo.

Earlier this week, the department released a statement urging all teachers and school support staff to take advantage of the extended opportunity to be vaccinated. The original deadline for this was the 8th of July.

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