Right to Care’s vaccine commitment
Right to Care is playing a key role to reach SA’s vaccine target of 70% of the eligible vaccine population – approximately 40 million South Africans – by March 2022.
To reach the national vaccine target:
- No single entity can work alone
- Collaboration across sectors is required.
The ability to access a vaccine centre depends on the:
- Distance to a vaccine site
- Availability of public transport
- Levels of socio-economic vulnerability
- Available public information about the Covid-19 vaccines
- A person’s health status.
The private sector can play a more significant role in major metros and secondary cities. The further away from major urban centres, the greater the need for donor-funded not-for-profit organisations to support the NDOH with vaccine rollout.
Remote vaccine programme
Approximately one third of South Africans live in rural areas. Vaccine distribution is complicated outside of major centres. Mobile outreach is a critical part of Right to Care’s vaccine programme in remote areas.
Right to Care’s rural vaccination drive relies on:
- Sophisticated Geographic Information System (GIS) technology to assess routes and plan the transportation of vaccines from central to peripheral distribution sites.
- Experienced pharmacy teams who use these maps to establish the best place to store and distribute the vaccines.
- Information technology experts to ensure that the right infrastructure is in place including security and internet connectivity.
- Cold chain planning to ensure vaccines remain at the right temperature.