The Western Cape Health Department has set up a Covid-19 pop-up vaccination campaign on the Cape Town station bridge.
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- Taxi drivers are the latest group designated under the Western Cape Vaccine Deployment Program.
- A contextual vaccination campaign took place on Monday at the Cape Town Station Deck transport interchange.
- As frontline workers, taxi drivers face a higher risk of infection with Covid-19.
Taxi drivers have become the latest target in the Western Cape’s Covid-19 vaccine deployment plan, with a pop-up vaccination site at one of Cape Town’s busiest transport interchanges.
The provincial health department set up a pop-up vaccination site at the Cape Town Station Deck in the CBD on Monday.
This facility accommodates thousands of commuters from parts of the city when they disembark or take minibus taxis. The goal was to vaccinate the area’s taxi drivers, commuters and vendors who served on the front lines throughout the pandemic.
Western Cape Health MEC Nomafrench Mbombo said it was encouraging to see the demand for vaccines among those in the transport sector and those who use public transport.
“These are the people who find it difficult to get to the vaccination sites because of their working hours. I was encouraged by the number of men who came to get vaccinated, and we made sure to get them [the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine] they will therefore not have to come back. It is essential for people to know that getting vaccinated lowers the risk of hospitalization and possible death, which is why I am calling on eligible people in the Western Cape to come forward for the vaccination. [sites],” she said.
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Cape Town mayor’s committee member for transport Rob Quintas said taxi drivers have a higher risk of Covid-19 infection.
“[They] also pose a risk as carriers, and therefore getting these ‘front line’ people vaccinated is in the best interests of Cape Town commuters, ”he said.
We could not have chosen a better place, where pedestrians, minibus taxi operators and drivers, passengers, line marshals and informal vendors and workers were able to take advantage of this opportunity to get vaccinated.
The province’s taxi drivers played a key role in supporting the vaccination program, with the drivers participating in the Western Cape government’s Blue Dot taxi service, providing transport to people to vaccination sites, especially in the rural areas of the province.
In just over two months, the service had completed more than 5,200 trips.
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