Health Dep thwarts fake COVID-19 vaccine news

Health Dep thwarts fake COVID-19 vaccine news

COVID-19 vaccine registration for the elderly isn't open yet, according to the Health Department. 

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It has dismissed as false, messages circulating on social media claiming over 65s can now book their spot to get the jab.

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It's urged people to ignore these rumours, saying they are designed to cause panic.

The Department said it will make an official announcement about when registration for the vaccine rollout will begin.

Meanwhile, The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has rejected the government's latest vaccination rollout plan. 

The trade union federation's general-secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali has described government's immunization plan as “grossly incompetent and with deadly consequences”.


"Government is now talking about only meeting 67% immunization rate in June 2022, and this is delaying the immunization of essential workers in the public and private sector because it has failed to secure the necessary vaccine on time," said Ntshalintshali. 

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Speaking in Braamfontein on Thursday, Ntshalintshali stressed workers cannot be sacrificed because of the incompetence of the state.  


"Delaying the vaccination of teachers, police officers, mining, energy and transport workers, is not a solution and must be rejected by all sane people who understand the need for the economy to recover.


He added that the government needs to produce a vaccine rollout plan with time frames, and necessary logistics.   


Ntshalintshali briefed the media following the federation's two-day Special Central Executive Committee (CEC).  

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