President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that South Africa would move to Adjusted Alert Level 4 from 28 June 2021. The announcement is in response to the third Covid-19 wave currently facing the country.Meanwhile, the Minerals Council South Africa (MCSA) is working closely with Business for South Africa (B4SA), and through it the National Department of Health (NDoH), towards the establishment of workplace vaccination sites. The mining sector is aiming to ensure that mines are ready to ensure that employees younger than 60 are able to be vaccinated as soon as national policy makes it possible. It is expected that, subject to NDoH approvals, some mine vaccination sites may extend their services to employees’ families and others in surrounding communities or provide support to community vaccination programmes. There are currently 58 mining occupational health sites that have applied to register as primary vaccination sites in terms of the protocols set up through B4SA. Of these, 21 have already received the required permits from the NDoH as one step towards readying the sites for operation. In addition, a number of others are preparing, or are ready, to operate as secondary sites in terms of that protocol. Secondary sites are associated with particular primary sites, which could be one of the registered mine-based primary sites or a nearby registered pharmacy, hospital, clinic or general practitioner.
All workplace sites have to meet detailed established minimum criteria to store vaccines and possess permits from the NDoH to serve as accredited vaccination sites. Each site has to undergo a very detailed process as regulated and prescribed by the NDoH in order to be registered.