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Sweet deal! Vote and vaccinate at the same spot on election day

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Oct 31, 2021

At least 94 pop-up vaccination sites near voting stations will be set up in Gauteng on election day on Monday.

SOUTH AFRICA’S MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS WILL BE HELD ON 01 NOVEMBER 2021

The Gauteng Health Department said the pop-up sites would be based in all five districts in the province and open throughout the day.

“Bring your ID or birth certificate or police-signed affidavit confirming your identity to the vaccination site. The team will register you on the EVDS and vaccinate you on the spot.

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“All eligible people are encouraged to get vaccinated ahead of the fourth wave to ensure that they are protected from severe illness, hospitalisation, or death in the event that they contract Coronavirus.

This will supplement the national Health Department’s 1 000 pop-up sites that will also be operational near polling stations across the country.

The department urged all those engaged in campaigning to adhere to COVID-19 safety protocols during mass gatherings, which “remain potential super-spreaders of the virus”.

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“Even though most gatherings are held outdoors, the risk is still high when large crowds gather without observing the key non-pharmaceutical interventions of mask-wearing, maintaining a safe physical distance, and sanitising or washing hands with soap. These interventions remain the most effective measures to prevent the spread of the virus”.

Not sure what to expect when visiting your voting station during the Covid-19 pandemic?

Wear a mask when you register and vote, as per lockdown regulations for all persons in public places. If you don’t have a mask or face cover, the election officials will refuse you entry to the voting station and you will not be able to register, or update your address, or vote.Keep a distance of 1.5 m from fellow voters, election officials, party agents and observers at all times while at your voting station.Wait your turn before entering the voting station as only a limited number of people may be gathered inside the venue at the same time.Liquid sanitiser will be sprayed on your hands by an election official before you enter and leave the voting station.We care for the safety of our election officials. They will be provided with masks and face shields to wear in line with government regulations.Bring your own pen for filling in forms and marking ballots at the voting station.In any event, election officials will be sanitising all pens at the voting station after each use.When inking your thumbnail, election officials will check that it is drybefore applying the ink, and will ask you to wait a moment before you move on to ensure that the ink has dried before your hands are sanitised on departing the voting station.All voting station surfaces will be wiped with 70% alcohol disinfectant before and after use.Say if it’s not okay. Politely speak up if people are too close to you, or if anyone’s behavior makes you feel uncomfortable. Keep yourself and others safe.

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