2 minute read
18 May 2021
8:08 am

Let’s roll up our sleeves for jabs


Whatever the failings have been, the reality is that the process can only start speeding up from now on… and not only because, as the cynics might claim, it can’t get any slower.

Healthcare worker Dr Jared Tulloch is given a jab of the first batch of Johnson and Johnson vaccines at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto, 17 February 2021, in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Picture: Michel Bega

In many respects, our government has not exactly covered itself in glory when it comes to implementing a widespread and effective anti-Covid-19 vaccination campaign. It has appeared to dither and change course on what vaccines it considers suitable; taken inordinately long to secure vaccines from overseas and even longer to start wholesale inoculation of the population. Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize admitted yesterday that the country will fall short of its target of vaccinating more than 40 million people by year’s end – the total needed to achieve “community immunity”. He now says that milestone will only be achieved some...