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2021/07/08      |  Written By:  Colonel A Mathe   |   Province:  Head Office

Pretoria: 08 July 2021: It's all systems go for the nationwide launch of the South African Police Service (SAPS) Provincial Vaccination Drive; and  Management  is once again urging more of its police officers and support personnel in all nine provinces to voluntarily present themselves at all registered sites across the country.

The provincial vaccination drive of SAPS members and personnel kicks-off today in seven provinces and will continue up until the first week of August. While the number of vaccinated members thus far consists of members in Gauteng, the Province together with Kwa-Zulu Natal will launch their separate vaccination campaigns on Friday, 09 July 2021.

On day three of the national launch of the vaccination campaign, the SAPS is pleased to announce that 3500 of its SAPS members and support personnel have voluntarily rolled up their sleeves to get vaccinated. Those who have received the vaccine have rallied behind SAPS managements clarion call to #Ichoose vaccination as a measure of ensuring that the infection, transmission and mortality rate within the organisation is reduced.

A relieved fifty-year-old Warrant Officer Mike Phungo was among those who got vaccinated on day three at Orlando Stadium in Soweto. The member is attached to Moroka Police Station and has twenty-nine years service. The member had this to say, “When a person tests positive, buildings get closed and this somehow affects our work, but through thorough planning our employer has always ensured that we continue serving the people of SA at alternative sites. I’m encouraging all colleagues to present themselves at the 108 vaccination sites to get their jab".

Forty-year-old Sergeant Shirley Moabi is attached to the Randburg Police Station with 13 years service. The member voluntarily presented herself at the Orlando Stadium vaccination site. The member had this to say, "I will definitely be encouraging all my colleagues at the Randburg Police Station to get vaccinated. Let's all go to our 108 registered sites and get the jab".

Thirty-year-old Constable Tshepo Ledwaba is attached to the Rosebank Police Station. The young member with six years service was over joyed to be among the first group of operational officers go get vaccinated.

"I am personally urging all my colleagues to make their way to heed the call in getting vaccinated. I am relieved that when I do get infected with the virus, it won't be that severe because I've finally received the jab that everyone has been talking about".

As of Wednesday evening, the number of members that have tested positive for the virus had sadly risen to 32 894. The recovery rate sits at 30955 with the mortality rate remaining at 673.