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03 March 2021

SA mining firms, Govt. and unions will not drop the ball on Covid-19 vaccinations

To misquote Mark Twain, reports of supposed anti-vaxxer sentiment in mining have been greatly exaggerated, without sound knowledge or any discernable research. Any implication that the industry’s workforce is likely to be beset by anti-vaxxers does not consider the success of large scale medical interventions run by the sector over many years, like its HIV/Aids testing and ART initiatives, its TB testing and treatment programmes, and the annual flu vaccine campaigns run by most mines every year.

More than that, it fails to consider the excellent HSRC-UJ study that gives us insight into the attitudes of citizens towards vaccines (including demographics) and what we need to do address any concerns.

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