Covid-19 vaccination: 500 farmworkers jabbed on farm

Cheered on by the Western Cape agriculture minister, more than 500 farmworkers were vaccinated against Covid-19 at a satellite health facility set up on a Wellington farm. “We need to achieve herd immunity and today is another critical step towards that goal,” said Dr Ivan Meyer

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A satellite health facility set up on a Western Cape farm has already vaccinated more than 500 farmworkers against Covid-19. 

The facility, situated at the Bovlei cellar in Wellington, was recently visited by Dr Ivan Meyer, the provincial agriculture minister, Drakenstein Municipality mayor Conrad Poole and Rita Andreas, a member of the mayoral committee for rural development.

Farmworkers jabbed: A peek into the inside of the vaccination centre temporarily set up at Bovlei farm in Wellington in the Western Cape. Photo: Supplied/Food For Mzansi
A peek into the inside of the vaccination centre temporarily set up at Bovlei farm in Wellington in the Western Cape. Photo: Supplied/Food For Mzansi

During the visit, Poole thanked the Western Cape health department, Drakenstein officials and health workers who joined hands to make the vaccination session a success.

“They have done a great job in making this initiative possible. It is going very well,” Poole said about the initiative to get farmworkers jabbed.

“It is absolutely fantastic that our various role players can work together to ensure that our workers have a chance to fight this virus that is causing us so much heartache.”

Farmworkers jabbed: Rita Andreas, Western Cape agriculture minister Dr Ivan Meyer and Drakenstein Municipality mayor Conrad Poole during a visit to a satellite health facility on a Western Cape farm. Photo: Supplied/Food For Mzansi
Rita Andreas, Western Cape agriculture minister Dr Ivan Meyer and Drakenstein Municipality mayor Conrad Poole during a visit to a satellite health facility on a Western Cape farm. Photo: Supplied/Food For Mzansi

Meyer added that it is important that everyone is encouraged to get the jab, including farmworkers.

“It is a wonderful programme. Our agricultural workers and our farmers in the vicinity are here to get vaccinated, and it is fantastic to see them arrive in their numbers to do so,” he said.

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The minister said mass vaccinations are important for the future of South Africa.

“We need to achieve herd immunity, and today is another critical step towards that goal. I have a great appreciation for the crucial role of our medical staff. In addition, our farmworkers play an essential role in the food value chain in the Western Cape.”

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