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23 August 2021

Covid-19: Vaccination train begins drive to inoculate communities in remote parts of SA

Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

Transvaco – a vaccination train in support of government’s efforts for South Africa to reach herd immunity against Covid-19 – began operations on Thursday.

“Modelled on the Phelophepa health trains, which have been providing primary healthcare services in under-serviced areas across South Africa over the past 27 years, the Transvaco aims to reach and vaccinate communities in remote parts of the country and areas where health facilities are overburdened,” Transnet spokesperson Ayanda Shezi said in a statement on Thursday.

“Vaccine-hesitant people were most often concerned about seeing someone they know experience side effects after taking the vaccine, contributing to their overall apprehension about taking the vaccine,” stated the report, released on Wednesday by the Centre for Social Change at the University of Johannesburg and the Human Sciences Research Council.

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Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

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