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Health dept increases vaccination incentive to assist with uptake

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Incentives being offered include a lucky draw to the value of R2 million.

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THE NATIONAL Department of Health has requested all provinces to increase the number of vaccination sites and hopes its incentives programme will draw the numbers.

The department’s vaccination incentive programme includes Vooma vouchers of R200 for people aged 50 years or older who come for their first vaccination and a lucky draw with hundreds of cash prizes of R1,000, R10,000 and R100,000 for everyone who has received at least one vaccination by the end of the year.

According to the Health Department, with the new Omicron variant spreading rapidly, vaccination is more important than ever to protect against severe illness and death.

As of December 1, the total percentage of individuals who are 18 years and older who have received at least one dose of vaccines was 50%. Of that population, 43% have been fully vaccinated. The total number of children, aged between 12 and 17 years, who have vaccinated to date stands at 10%, making the vaccination target far less than the 70% set.

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