Big South African employers should follow the example of Distell and arrange to “give the jab” by vaccinating employees at their work sites against the Covid-19 virus.
“Distell has set a wonderful example by vaccinating its people and helping to take the load off official vaccination sites,” said Melene Rossouw, leader of the Siyabuya movement. Siyabuya encourages vaccination as part of its drive to help the country recover from the economic setback of the coronavirus pandemic.
“The country needs everyone to get the jab. That will happen more quickly if employers line up to give the jab,” she said.
Distell has been accredited to administer the vaccines, which are being made available to workers and their spouses. It is also seeking permission to extend vaccination services to members of the public from its sites in the Western Cape, Gauteng and the Eastern Cape.
“This is exactly what we need,” Rossouw said. “The vaccination roll-out is speeding up, with more age groups already eligible and soon vaccination will be open to everyone over 18.
“With millions more wanting the jab, there will be increased pressure on the official sites. Private sector initiatives such as Distell’s will not only relieve that pressure but will help to ensure more people get vaccinated more quickly.
“Distell has shown it can be done. Every major employer in this country should be looking to do the same thing. South Africa’s future depends on a rapid and successful vaccination programme,” she said.
Melene Rossouw, External lead
Distell has shown it can be done. Every major employer in this country should be looking to do the same thing.