Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni
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3 Jun 2021
3:51 pm

SA Covid-19 vaccine roll-out discriminates against the poor, says study

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni

Many of the country's poor will have to make the choice between getting vaccinated against Covid-19 or buying bread for the day. 

A UJ researcher poses with Emily Mogape, 100, who recently got vaccinated for Covid-19.

Centenarian Emily Mogape is arguably the oldest recipient of a Covid-19 vaccine so far in South Africa, thanks to the work of researchers at the University of Johannesburg (UJ). Thousands hailing from her informal settlement community in Protea South informal settlement south of Johannesburg, however, are afraid their turn may never come. A study conducted in two large Johannesburg informal settlements suggest that the elderly and vulnerable in poor communities are being discriminated against in the Covid-19 vaccination roll-out. Not only is it an uphill battle to get registered on the Electronic Vaccination Data System (EVDS) with no access to...