Cosatu: Vaccination delay due to government incompetence

Cosatu: Vaccination delay due to government incompetence

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has rejected government's latest vaccination rollout plan. 

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The trade union federation's general-secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali has described government's immunization plan as “grossly incompetent and with deadly consequences”.


"Government is now talking about only meeting 67% immunization rate in June 2022, and this is delaying the immunization of essential workers in the public and private sector because it has failed to secure the necessary vaccine on time," said Ntshalintshali. 


Speaking in Braamfontein on Thursday, Ntshalintshali stressed workers cannot be sacrificed because of the incompetence of the state.  


"Delaying the vaccination of teachers, police officers, mining, energy and transport workers, is not a solution and must be rejected by all sane people who understand the need for the economy to recover.


He added that government needs to produce a vaccine rollout plan with time frames, and necessary logistics.   


Ntshalintshali briefed the media following the federation 's two-day Special Central Executive Committee (CEC).  

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