Deputy President, David Mabuza, has appealed to South Africans to stop spreading fake news about the COVID-19 vaccines. He said this during the launch of the “Return to Play – it’s in your hands” vaccination programme at the FNB Stadium in Nasrec, south of Johannesburg on Wednesday.
“We urge all of you to challenge and dismiss those who perpetuate unproven myths and conspiracies about vaccines.
"Let us join this campaign so that we are able to vaccinate 70 percent of the adult population, since vaccines are the only sustainable way to begin to take some small steps towards fully opening the economy and filling the stadiums, sporting arenas and theatres,” Mabuza said.
The Deputy President said working together with citizens, government can get 40 million people vaccinated by this coming December.
“Together we can get out of the present challenge and move towards vaccinating 40 million South Africans by 30 December 2021 in order to reach population immunity," he said.
Mabuza added that artists and sport personalities can help get accurate vaccination message to the people.
“Our artists, athletes and leaders in sport and creative sectors are called upon to be flag-bearers in promoting COVID-19 vaccinations and mobilising the whole of society to get vaccinated. They are the embodiment of hope, resilience and force of unity to get all our communities behind our national vaccination programme".
He said government had by Wednesday administered more than 13-million vaccine doses to more than 10-million South Africans. More than six million South Africans are now fully vaccinated with either one Johnson&Johnson shot or two Pfizer jabs.
The launch was attended by Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa and Gauteng Premier David Makhura, among other personalities.
The third wave of COVID-19 infections is showing a decline and this has raised hopes that the country may soon be moved to alert level two of the lockdown.