Some KZN health workers 'unwilling' to take Covid-19 jab

Some KZN health workers 'unwilling' to take Covid-19 jab

The KwaZulu-Natal Health Department has admitted its vaccination drive for healthcare workers is facing some challenges. 

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MEC Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu says they haven't been able to reach their target, as only 120 000 workers have taken the jab so far. 

"Health workers have not been willing to take the vaccination, we have not been able to force them. The second one was the availability of the vaccines themselves,” said Simelane-Zulu, who was speaking in Durban on Sunday.

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"The third factor is that the health workers in the private sector in particular some of those running private practices, were beginning to register their families as if they are employed within their own practices.”

She said some facilities were doing well in getting more than 90% of staff inoculated. 

"Gandhi Hospital they have reached 98 percent of vaccination of health workers and the two percent are only those who have not been willing to come forward. Of course, there are engagements there but like I said we will never be able to force them." 

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