Johannesburg, 24 September 2021 – Business for South Africa (B4SA) has expressed its support for the #VaxuMzansi campaign, which launches with a National Vaccine Day on Heritage Day, 24 September. The campaign is an initiative of the Religious Forum Against COVID-19.
The drive aims for religious bodies across the spectrum to vaccinate up to 70% of their congregations and the communities in which they serve, and to play an active role in increasing vaccine uptake.
“Campaigns like this really set an example for the rest of society,” said Martin Kingston, chair of B4SA’s steering committee. “The goal of vaccinating at least 70% of South Africa’s adults will not be achieved without an all-of-society approach.”
Participating religious branches across the country will host vaccine drives today and some will even have private pharmacy or provincial department of health supported pop-up sites where their congregations and communities can get vaccinated.
“Private sector pharmacies have been a vital part of the combined effort to vaccinate our population, and we are delighted to see further collaboration on this front,” said Kingston.
The launch will encourage congregants to get the jab in their cultural/religious/traditional attire, celebrating diversity while standing in solidarity in the fight against the virus.