By: Kaya 959 News
Police officers are some of those who are most at risk of contracting the coronavirus. This is because their duties bring them in close and frequent contact with members of the public.
To reduce their risk, President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announced that the third stream of vaccination will be focused on the police and other security personnel.
The kick-off for the vaccination rollout for the South African Police Service (SAPS) starts on Monday, 5 July 2021.
“As the safety of police officials and support staff remains one of the government’s key priorities in the fight against the invisible enemy, COVID-19, the South African Police Service (SAPS) will launch the vaccination drive for over 180 000 members on Monday, 5 July 2021 in cooperation with key stakeholders and medical aid partners,” reads a statement from SAPS.
The launch will be held at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto.
All SAPS employees have been urged to prepare to be vaccinated.
The vaccination will be led by Police Minister, General Bheki Cele, together with the Acting Minister of Health, Mmamoloko Kubayi, and the National Commissioner of the South African Police Service, General Khehla Sitole.
The SAPS plans to vaccinate over 180,000 employees.
The vaccination process will be conducted at the 108 registered vaccination sites across the country.
The vaccination for other members of the SAPS will start from the 8th of July 2021.