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Health Council to meet to ramp up vaccination programme – Mkhize

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This follows complaints from political parties that the vaccination process has been too slow.

File picture Henk Kruger/African News Agency (ANA)

HEALTH Minister Zweli Mkhize says the Health Council will meet soon to discuss increasing the number of people who are being vaccinated.

This follows complaints from political parties that the process of vaccination was too slow.

Mkhize told the National Council of Provinces on Wednesday they were also keeping an eye on the rising number of Covid-19 infections.

This comes after some provinces said a few weeks ago they were already in the third wave.

Mkhize said people must continue to stick to non-pharmaceutical interventions to prevent the spread of Covid-19. However, there was a need to increase the number of people who are getting vaccinated.

He said to date more than 700,000 people have been vaccinated with both Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson jabs.

Mkhize said they need to ramp up the vaccination programme.

“We will be calling up the meeting of the Health Council to set up targets so that the number of vaccinated individuals must be increased,” said Mkhize.

He said this was one way of ensuring they reach herd immunity.