Vooma Vouchers Available to Over 50s, Vaccines Incentivised As Covid19 Figures Rise

Vooma Vouchers Available to Over 50s, Vaccines Incentivised As Covid19 Figures Rise

  • The Health Department's Vooma Voucher programme has been extended to first-time vaccine recipients over 50 years old
  • Vooma Vouchers are worth R100 and can be redeemed for groceries, electricity, or airtime at Shoprite, Checkers, and USave stores
  • As South Africa's Covid-19 figures rise, the Health Department hopes that this initiative will incentivise people in the over 50 age group to get vaccinated

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The Health Department previously launched Vooma Vouchers, which were given to people 60 years and older who received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. These vouchers will be extended from Thursday to those over 50 in a drive to achieve South Africa's vaccination goals.

Vooma Vouchers can be redeemed at any Shoprite, Checkers, or USave store and can be used to buy groceries, airtime, or electricity. The vouchers are valued at R100 each and may not be exchanged for cash.

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The previous Vooma Voucher roll-out for over 60-year-olds resulted in a dramatic increase in people in that age group getting vaccinated. The over 60-year-old age group are at a higher risk of experiencing severe Covid-19 cases, which makes vaccination important, Times Live reports.

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Vooma Vouchers have been extended to over 50s. Image: Misha Jordaan/Gallo Images via Getty Images.
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South Africa's Covid-19 figures and vaccination rates

According to SABC News, South Africa's total Covid-19 infection figure is 2 927 499, following 585 new cases. These figures represent cases that were confirmed by 19 032 662 laboratory tests and do not necessarily reflect the total number of cases as many people do not get tested.

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As has been the trend lately, Gauteng has the majority of new Covid-19 cases, followed by KwaZulu-Natal. The death toll has reached 89 555 after 40 Covid-19 related deaths were confirmed.

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27.8% of South Africans have received one dose of the vaccine and 23% are fully vaccinated. The Health Department hopes that the Vooma Vouchers will incentivise people over 50 who have not received the vaccine to do so, as this could lower hospitalisation figures.

Reactions to Vooma Vouchers

@MPapathabi said:

"R100 grocery voucher ? Let me think what you can actually buy with R100 perhaps bread and milk? That is NOT groceries."

@1alliteration asked:

"A pandemic SO deadly that you have to bribe people to get a jab?"

@MrsGonzales20 shared:

"Bribing poor people in desperate times is a criminal act. Shameful!"

@thembelihleqwab asked:

"R100 is a grocery voucher guys?"

Over 60-Year-Olds Will Be Paid to Vaccinate from 1 November

Briefly News previously reported that to boost vaccination efforts, the Department of Health will incentivise South Africans over 60 years old to get the Covid-19 vaccine.

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The department will give "Vooma Vouchers" to people over 60 who receive the Covid-19 vaccine from Monday 1 November 2021 onwards. These vouchers will be received via SMS and can be gifted to others at the recipient's discretion.

Vooma Vouchers can be redeemed at any Shoprite, USave or Checkers store. The department said they intend on extending the programme to people over 50 years old shortly.

Source: Briefly News

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