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Vaccination and enforcement of Covid-19 health protocols remain priorities<p>‘More than a year into the pandemic we cannot be lax about safety protocols. The third wave of Covid-19 infections is expected in May and we all have to do what we can to ensure this peak is not higher than those that have come before. Our EHPs visit schools, businesses, funeral undertakers and many more to ensure compliance to health protocols. It is concerning that a large number of premises are not implementing any kind of protocols,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Zahid Badroodien.</p><p>The lack of protocols includes no implementation of hand washing and sanitising directives, the poor implementation of cleaning frequently used surfaces, and no screening records of staff.</p><p>‘Many of the non-compliant premises are smaller spaza shops, a few hair salons and even an early childhood development centre. Our practitioners first do education drives before serving any written directives. At the beginning of the pandemic, they teamed up with other organisations to provide sanitiser, masks and signage to these smaller businesses. </p><p>‘It is worrying that so many do not wear masks in public. It is mandatory and it is not only for your own protection, but also that of your loved ones. We will continue to ensure compliance as lives depend on it,’ said Councillor Badroodien.</p><p>The vaccination of health workers also continues at the different sites and as tranches of the vaccine arrive.</p><p>‘The number of health workers in the province who have been vaccinated are 48 796 of which 1 205 are health staff working at City facilities. There is still a way to go before we reach herd immunity and the ability to protect everyone. Until that time, I encourage everyone to continue abiding by the health protocols and in addition to masks, to continue to sanitise and wash your hands often,’ added Councillor Badroodien.</p>2021-04-06T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#6eb3cc57-d82f-4faf-bdcd-4ee1029ecc9e;L0|#06eb3cc57-d82f-4faf-bdcd-4ee1029ecc9e|health and safety;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#108554ed-667c-4533-b5b5-497a932a1d9c;L0|#0108554ed-667c-4533-b5b5-497a932a1d9c|childrens health;GPP|#e9babb9f-6099-409f-8b02-9384895f8ae710

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