We’re in this together.
The impact of Covid-19 has been devastating for small businesses of every kind around the world. We are however optimistic that South Africa’s tourism and hospitality are very likely to recover after the well awaited vaccine roll out. Fortunately, the process has started and as 2021 progresses, more countries are opening up their borders and are starting to travel again and many are choosing to go on an African Safari because it is one of the safest travel options.
First to get the COVID-19 vaccine
We will begin by vaccinating our country’s estimated 1.25 million healthcare workers
South Africa’s first vaccine
The first doses of the vaccine are from Johnson & Johnson as its vaccine has proved effective against the COVID-19 501Y.V2 variant. The country has secured 11 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Of these doses, 2.8 million doses will be delivered in the second quarter and the rest spread throughout the year. South Africa reached an agreement with the COVAX Facility to secure 12 million vaccine doses. This will be complemented by other vaccines that are available to South Africa through the African Union’s African Vaccine Acquisition Task Team facility. Pfizer has committed 20 million vaccine doses commencing with deliveries at the end of the first quarter. Government continues to work with various pharmaceuticals companies to ensure we immunise 67 per cent of the population.
Distribution of the vaccine
Our rollout of the vaccine will take a three-phase approach that begins with the most vulnerable in our population. Our target is to vaccinate 67% of the population by the end of 2021, which will allow us to achieve herd immunity.
Phase 1 will focus on frontline healthcare workers
Phase 2 will vaccinate essential workers, persons in congress gate settings, persons over 60 years and persons over 18 years with co-morbidities.
Phase 3 will focus on persons older than 18 years, targeting 22,500,000 of the population.
So, as we welcome 2021 with a heavy dose of anxiety courtesy of a virus that continues to ravage lives and livelihoods here and in our tourism source markets, we must keep faith that better days are around the corner now that anti-COVID vaccines have been developed and mass vaccination campaigns are under way.
That being said we move forward and continue to provide extraordinary travelling experiences.
For the latest and most reliable updates on COVID-19 travel restrictions for African Safaris, contact us and get advice directly from one of our expert safari agents living in Africa.