“We call on the minister of health Zweli Mkhize to, with immediate effect, ensure that the personnel of community healthcare workers are absorbed and dispatched to all townships, rural and informal settlement areas for a door-to-door programme to ensure that each house consisting of a pensioner is registered for the vaccine urgently,” said the EFF.
The party further called on Mkhize to fast-track the acquisition of more vaccines, to vaccinate the 67% of the population needed to attain “herd” immunity to the virus.
The DA also expressed its concerns, saying the vaccination programme was off to “a slow and shambolic start”.
DA leader John Steenhuisen said four vaccination sites in the private sector were not enough.
“Only four private sector sites will be operational today. This is astonishing when one considers the thousands of GPs and pharmacies across the country, and the enormous potential of the private sector to deliver jabs to arms. It is inexplicable why so few permits have been issued to private sector entities to approve them as vaccination sites,” he said.