South Africa: Traditional Leaders to Lead From the Front in Vaccine Roll Out

Deputy President David Mabuza says traditional leaders and faith-based leaders will play a crucial role in the roll out of government’s large-scale COVID-19 vaccination programme.

The Deputy President said this when he fielded oral questions in the National Council of Provinces on Thursday.

“Traditional leaders and faith-based leaders have committed to ensuring that they lead from the front by taking the vaccine jabs when the opportunity comes, as a way of demystifying some of the myths and misinformation about our vaccines.

“We will continue to engage with all local structures, including traditional leaders and faith-based leaders, to ensure the broad-based participation and sharing of information about the benefits of vaccination,” he said.

Addressing MPs on Thursday, Mabuza said there is a comprehensive geo-mapping of all facilities and vaccination sites that will ensure equitable access to vaccines by everyone irrespective of where they live.

The phases of the plan provides a clear categorisation and prioritisation of various population groups to be targeted over the period of the vaccination process until the country achieves the required population immunity threshold.

“More importantly, the vaccination roll out plan has been tailored to ensure that all population in urban and rural areas will have equal access to vaccines by offering different service delivery platforms.”

He said the guiding principle of government’s vaccination programme places emphasis on the moral responsibility to ensure allocation of vaccines impartially and in accordance with a fair criteria.