From Friday 12 November to Sunday 14 November, the Vooma Vaccination Campaign was in full swing in Mkhondo and also in the rest of South Africa.
The Department of Health stated that their aim was to vaccinate more than 500 000 people over the course of the weekend.
Between Friday and Sunday, 264 573 people were vaccinated. The vaccination drive peaked on Friday when more than 150 000 vaccines were administered. On Saturday approximately 78 000 doses were given.
In Mkhondo, vaccination stations were set up at the Iswepe Community Hall, the KwaThandeka Community Hall in Amsterdam and at various clinics and hospitals in the area.
A highlight of the weekend was when the Minister of Health, Dr Joe Phaahla, visited the vaccination site in Amsterdam. He was escorted by Mr Maqhawe Kunene, the Municipal Manager of the Mkhondo Local Municipality, as well as the CEO of the Piet Retief Provincial Hospital, Mr Lekhuleni.
The minister addressed members of the community and encouraged them to get vaccinated and explained that it is for their own safety and for the safety of those around them. It was a great honour that he visited Amsterdam.
The campaign is considered to have been successful and in Amsterdam alone, approximately 531 people were vaccinated.
Thank you to all health care workers who made the recipients of the vaccine feel comfortable and safe.