B4SA’s members, which include Business Unity South Africa, Business Leadership South Africa, the Black Business Council and the Banking Association of South Africa, are working closely with the Department of Health to build capacity to administer 160 000 coronavirus vaccinations a day.
Kaya Biz’s Gugulethu Mfuphi spoke to Martin Kingston, chairman of B4SA to unpack how the roll-out will unfold.
Listen to the full conversation here:
“We have been working collaboratively with the government since the beginning of the year, on an integrated basis to provide support on the implementation of the vaccine roll-out. It’s absolutely clear to everybody that this can be done with all partners and government in the lead, business, labour, and civil society working together.”
“There is a number of elements critical to this, one element, of course, is the administration of the vaccine, and the logistics of the vaccine, to ensure that when the vaccine arrives in the country, that they are distributed at various points of the country.” Says Kingston
As of April 15th, South Africa has vaccinated about 292,623 healthcare workers.
There’s been a slow roll-out of the vaccination program. Over the past few weeks, the government made calls asking people over the age of 60 to register for the vaccine on the online registration platform.
Vaccines will be administered at pharmacies, employer premises, and large-scale sites developed by medical insurance providers and others.