In early July, the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation youth embarked on an outreach programme. They went door-to-door helping those who are eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine to register to get their jabs. In South Africa the vaccination programme is open for people over the age of 35.
As for July 23, over five million people in South Africa have received a vaccination. This amounts to 8.6% of the country’s total population. Just over two million people are fully vaccinated. This amounts to 3.7% of the total population.
The campaign from the foundation has seen young people from the Kathrada Youth Clubs reaching out to communities and calling on those who are eligible to register to get vaccinated. The initiative aims to combat the public’s reluctance to be vaccinated. The initiative has so far reached the Finetown and Lawley communities in Gauteng.
The youth managed to assist the Finetown community. On Friday, July 23, the Foundation organised a bus to help transport community members to receive their vaccines at Lenasia South C.H.C. Over 30 senior citizens received their vaccinations when the Foundation transported them to the hospital. This is done to help alleviate vaccine hesitancy.