Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni
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8 Jun 2021
1:05 pm

Queue jumping favours the rich in SA’s slow vaccine rollout

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni

It appears the system only allows for walk-ins in areas where the privileged are getting their jabs.

Elderly South Africans receive the Covid-19 vaccine at the Munsieville Centre for the Aged, 17 May 2021, as part of phase 2 of the vaccine campaign. Picture: Michel Bega

Poor and uninsured South Africans are being sidelined in favour of the privileged few who can jump the queue in the Covid-19 vaccine roll-out, says a researcher. The South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) has accused the government of misrepresenting the pace of the vaccine rollout, saying the health department was bungling its own plan because of incompetence. The federation says claims that 1.3 million people have been vaccinated appear to be a vast overestimation. The system is rigged Professor Kate Alexander, a University of Johannesburg sociologist conducting research into the vaccine rollout, says the government appears to have...