ANC KZN Sandile Zungu

KwaZulu-Natal Premier and current ANC Chairperson in the province, Sihle Zikalala. Photograph: The Premier’s Office

Fake Covid-19 vaccination certificate traders warned

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala has warned the public about fake Covid-19 vaccination certificates ahead of the next free vaccine drive.

ANC KZN Sandile Zungu

KwaZulu-Natal Premier and current ANC Chairperson in the province, Sihle Zikalala. Photograph: The Premier’s Office

Peddlers of fake Covid-19 vaccination certificates have been warned that they will be prosecuted for their illegal activities.

KZN Premier Sihle Zikalala said at a virtual media briefing on Monday, during which he provided up update on the Covid-19 vaccination programme, that his department had received a number of reports about fake vaccination certificates. 

“We have received a number of unconfirmed reports indicating that some people are selling vaccination certificates. Naturally, we find this extremely concerning as it defeats the very purpose behind the vaccination process,” Zikalala said.

“We therefore want to warn those individuals who are even thinking of engaging in this kind of behaviour which is grossly irresponsible and also criminal, that such actions are unlawful and will be prosecuted,” he said.

“We urge anyone with evidence of the sale of Covid-19 vaccines to contact law enforcement authorities, as well as the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health. We assure them that this information will be treated in the strictest confidence.”

Get your free Covid-19 vaccination this weekend

Zikalala said that three out of every five people aged over 50 had now taken the Covid-19 vaccination

“We need to get to five out of five of such vaccinated age group by the end of the year to kill the power of the anticipated fourth wave,” he said

He said that the upcoming Vooma Vaccination Weekend which runs from 12 to 14 November 2021 was an opportunity for people to join the nation’s fight against COVID-19, by taking the free vaccine at vaccination sites across the country. 

“We wish to take this opportunity to remind people to ensure that they take a second dose of the Pfizer vaccine to be fully protected. Vaccines help prevent serious illness, hospitalisation or death from COVID-19,” Zikalala said.

He said the KZN government had implemented a strategy to increase its vaccination statistics. 

“We have enhanced our weekly vaccination programme through the Premier’s Office intervention through the Siyagoma Waya Waya model, which has intensified our weekend vaccination (programme). This is done in conjunction with the Vooma Vaccination Weekends, as championed by President Cryril Ramaphosa and Minister of Health Dr Joe Phaahla, in order to maximise public awareness and reach,” he said.

He said the government was using a dashboard to identify areas with low vaccination numbers, offering vaccination in retail stores, collaborating with stakeholders in Sukuma sakhe and working with community assistants to  track the unvaccinated people. 

He said the government was also offering a R100 grocery voucher to people over the age of 60 who take the Covid-19 vaccination.