Department of Home Affairs
The vaccination programme in the home affairs department is underway.
In a statement, the home affairs minister, Aaron Motsoaledi, welcomed the vaccination rollout and called on officials to “vaccinate while ensuring that services are delivered without disruption”.
The minister added that “even though the vaccination is totally voluntary, employees are encouraged to vaccinate in order to lessen the impact of COVID-19 on the entire population. Additional to the vaccination, we need to continue to follow the non-pharmaceutical pre-cautionary interventions such as wearing masks properly, sanitising hands regularly and observing appropriate social distancing”.
According to the minister, services at home affairs offices have to be temporarily suspended to allow for disinfection once a positive Covid-19 case is reported.
The minister pointed out that alternate sites and mobile offices are provided to ensure that services are not disrupted whenever possible.
“This is done to still enable our communities to gain access to our much needed enabling documents such as identity documents, birth and death certificates, just to name a few.”