Taxi drivers stop to get vaccinated

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MEC for health, Sasekani Manzini, has urged taxi drivers and commuters to get vaccinated to help curb the spread of Covid-19.

It was during his visit to the Mbombela Taxi Rank vaccination site on Friday.

She said taxi drivers have been exposed to the virus because of the type of work they do. “You meet different people on a daily basis, you exchange money with them and that puts you at risk of contracting the virus.”

This visit was part of the department’s vaccine deployment monitoring program. It followed the launch of the taxi stand vaccination site at Secunda taxi rank in the local municipality of Govan Mbeki last Monday.

“We focus on the taxi drivers, our mothers who sell products here at the taxi ranks and the ordinary people in the shops. We want to go where the people are. This is part of the expansion of sites in the province, ”said Manzini.

According to her, the department has seen an increase in the number of people testing positive for Covid-19 in recent months.

“I want the public to know that the third wave is different from the others. The current Covid-19 type is much stronger and it would be wise to get the jab to protect yourself.

We have seen the number of people testing positive for Covid-19 increase faster than in previous times. “

Fanyana Sibanyoni, president of the South African National Taxi Council in the province, said: “I would like to ask the drivers, taxi owners and the community at large to come to the taxi rank to get vaccinated.

As the taxi industry, we carry the virus since we transport almost all people. I also got the vaccine and didn’t listen to the myths people are spreading. We used to get vaccinated in elementary school, and it’s exactly the same. “

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Topstar Taxi Association president John Mavundla was one of the first drivers to get the shot on Friday. “I want to urge everyone to do what I have done because it will protect them from the virus and it will decrease the spread.”

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Mavundla had had his own personal experience with the virus a few months ago, and he said it was scary to see others losing the battle against him in hospitals.


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