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Clicks and Dis-Chem offering Covid-19 vaccines

SA pharmaceutical groups Dis-Chem and Clicks have announced plans to offer Covid-19 vaccines at their retail outlets.  On Monday, the country entered phase 2 of the Covid-19 vaccine rollout programme which will see the elderly and people with comorbidities receiving their jabs.

Government will administer the two-shot Pfizer vaccines at 87 sites across the country.  The phase is set to take place until October 17.

Here is what you need to know:

Clicks to offer vaccinations at 47 sites

Clicks said it has received approval from the health department to offer vaccinations at 47 sites nationally, with a further 520 awaiting approval for registration.

The group’s chief commercial officer, Rachel Wrigglesworth, said Clicks pharmacies are well placed to support the Covid-19 vaccine rollout, subject to stock availability.

The group’s wholesale division, United Pharmaceutical Distributors (UPD), will store the vaccines and transport them to selected pharmacies.

“Clicks has considerable expertise in the delivery of vaccinations and is proud to support the national department of health with vaccinating the nation,” said Wrigglesworth.

“Our healthcare professionals have received specialist training on handling and administering of the Covid-19 vaccine and are ready to administer vaccinations safely in accordance with the health department’s eligibility guidelines.”

Clicks said the cost of the vaccine will be in line with the department’s prescribed guidelines and urged people on medical aids to contact their medical schemes to confirm payment options.

Dis-Chem is helping government

Dis-Chem said it would support government’s initiative and would start vaccinating health workers and people over 60.

The company said elderly citizens must be registered online via the government’s electronic vaccination data system (EVDS) portal to receive a jab as their in-store staff will not be able to assist if they are not registered.

The pharmaceutical company will not be selling the vaccines but administering the jabs. The administering fee for the vaccine is R70.

“The admin fee has been set by the department of health, which all providers will charge to recover costs related to vaccine administration. For insured vaccines, the cost of administration will be paid in full by medical schemes as this is a prescribed minimum benefit.

“In the case of uninsured vaccines, the admin fee will be funded by the department of health,” said Dis-Chem.

Mass vaccination to start on May 24

Dis-Chem’s national head of clinics, Lizette Kruger, said the group will start mass vaccination on May 24 at 11 sites in five provinces: Gauteng, the Eastern Cape, the Free State, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape.

Kruger said Dis-Chem will administer between 500 and 600 Covid-19 jabs a day.

“Once the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is released, we will make it available in our stores. The capacity will not be 500. We will probably look at [administering] between 20 and 40 a day per store,” she said.

Kruger said Dis-Chem will expand its operations to 32 mass vaccination sites across the country, depending on the demand.

Vaccines to be administered in public and private sectors

Health minister Zweli Mkhize said the vaccine will be administered in 83 public sectors and four in the private sector.

The sites will be published on the SA coronavirus website.

Mkhize said no walk-ins will be accommodated from Monday.

“The programme has been designed to avoid long queues. This is why it is important that people should register beforehand, and follow the instructions which they receive by SMS,” he said.

“If you miss your vaccine appointment for any reason, you will be rescheduled, that is given another date and time to be vaccinated. If you miss three appointments, you will not be rescheduled again. However, you will still be on the system, and can ask to be scheduled again by calling the Covid-19 hotline or visiting a registration site.”

You can’t choose your vaccine

According to Mkhize, at this stage no-one can choose which vaccine they want receive.

“When you get vaccinated you will be informed which vaccine you are getting and if a second dose is needed. You will receive the date, time and place of your second dose by SMS or a card will be issued to you on the day of vaccination if you do not have a phone.”

He said most people will get their first and second doses at the same site.

“The Pfizer vaccines are safe and work well, even against the variant that is dominant in this country. After 14 days, one starts to show markers of immunity. There is very good literature to show the interval between doses can be increased to six weeks.”

National News – Cele Calls for More Arrests

Bheki Cele, minister of police, on Wednesday said he was hoping for more arrests following the protests outside the Senekal Courthouse earlier this week.  On Tuesday, farmers poured into the Free State town of Senekal where the two accused in the Brendin Horner murder appeared in court.   A 52-year-old farmer was arrested for his alleged involvement in torching a police vehicle.

The protesters demanded justice and eventually stormed into the courthouse.  The demanded the suspects to be handed over to them.  The Minister’s spokesperson, Lirandzu Thema, said in a statement: “Police Minister Bheki Cele has welcomed the arrest of the first suspect involved in the violent demonstrations by a group of farmers outside Senekal Magistrates Court.  Minister Cele is encouraged that a 52-year-old farmer has been arrested for his role in the alleged torching of the police vehicle.”

“Cele is calling for more arrests as it is clear the criminality that took place was a collective act that threatened the rule of law.”  The minister’s response to Tuesday’s events has sparked outrage in the community with several allegations of double standards being made.  The Senekal demonstrations was compared to the EFF Clicks demonstrations and many said that the same laws did not apply there.

The brutal murder of Brendin Horner has been met with outrage.   Tuesday’s protests saw several people carrying placards with the words “Enough is Enough”, “Remember their Names” and “Bheki Cele Must Fall”.  Meanwhile a video has been doing the rounds on social media claiming that the man’s involvement is fake news.

The two suspects will appear in court again on 16 October 2020.

News: 10 People including an EFF Member of Parliament, have been arrested.

The Ministry of Police has called on police officers to continue to ensure the safety of customers, staff members and property. This follows organised acts of vandalism at Clicks stores in some provinces.

Police Minister General, Bheki Cele has denounced the acts of vandalism and malicious damage to property at various businesses, including a Clicks store that was petrol bombed in Emalahleni, Mpumalanga on Monday.

Ten people, including an EFF Member of Parliament, have been arrested for charges relating to the destruction of property. The MP has been charged with assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest.

Minister Cele says the advert that has sparked the public outrage must be condemned from all quarters.

“The genesis of this advert is glaring racism that is shown by this business and we must collectively condemn it at all costs. The demonstration of such blatant disregard and humiliation of African people can’t go unabated.”

However Cele cautioned against the damaging of property as an act of protest against the advert.

The Police Minister has also noted the investigation of a case of pointing of a firearm in Port Elizabeth. It is alleged that a 52-year-old woman pointed a firearm at EFF members staging a picket inside a mall in Walmer Park.

It is not clear what started the initial altercation but as tempers flare, a woman can be heard shouting: “Go back to Europe.”

“Police should ensure that the rule of law is maintained. They must deal decisively with those who choose to break the law. I’m encouraged that officers are making arrests and urge them to continue to ensure the protection and safety of customers, staff members in the affected areas,” Cele concluded.

News: Clicks closed today to provide employees with counselling.

Clicks says it will use the opportunity presented by the closure to provide its staff across the country with counselling and support.

On Tuesday, and on the back of a court interdict preventing the EFF from intimidating and threatening its employees, intimidating and threatening its customers, and inciting violence against Clicks operations, the retailer said all its stores would be closed on Wednesday 9 September. This followed pressure from the EFF, which had called for all Clicks stores to close until Friday.

Court Interdict

“We recognise this event has had a significant impact on our people and our customers, and we have taken a decision to close our stores for a day on Wednesday 9 September. We will use this opportunity to engage directly with all our store staff across the country to provide counselling and support. We will be supported by the ICAS Employee Health and Wellness Programme,” Clicks said on Tuesday.

“The closure means Clicks will be unable to provide medication to customers, along with public sector medicine pick-up points being temporarily un-available. We recognise the significant impact this event has had on our people and customers and we are doing everything to ensure their safety and wellbeing. While the cost of the rampant vandalism and looting at many stores is still being determined, we are considering the remedies available to but no decision has been finalised,” Clicks said.

Stores will re-open on Thursday.

Alberton News: 5 Suspects arrested for the destruction of Clicks

Gauteng police said they had arrested five people in connection with the destruction of a Clicks outlet at the Lemon Tree shopping centre in Alberton.

The arrests happened on Monday, hours after EFF supporters descended on numerous Clicks stores all over the country, demanding they shut down.

Brig Mathapelo Peters said, “ It is reported that the employees had locked themselves inside the store after receiving a warning of the planned EFF protest against Clicks stores, and that a group of people clad in EFF regalia were coming for this particular store,”

“On arrival of the latter group at the store and finding the doors locked, the suspects allegedly smashed and broke down the windows and the door, forcing entry into the store where they caused further damage, including a fire that was swiftly contained. The exact cause of the fire is yet to be confirmed,” she added.

A case of malicious damage to property was opened.

A police investigation led to the arrest of five people aged between 21 and 40.

“Their court appearance is yet to be determined,” Peters said.

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Alberton News: EFF destroys Clicks

Clicks at the Lemon Tree Mall was destroyed and set alight this morning.

According to Ekurhuleni emergency spokesperson Eric Maloka the employees of Clicks saw the EFF approaching the mall and they managed to close all the doors before they could enter.

“But they broke the glass door with hammers and vandalised the shelves. They also then started a fire inside the store,” Maloka said.

The 12 Clicks staff members who were inside the store managed to escape through the back entrance.

Fox Security, Fox Medical Response team, SAPS and the Ekurhuleni fire department was on the scene.

The Lemon Tree Mall was closed for the rest of the day.

News: Clicks stores destroyed across South Africa

Despite the Clicks Group CEO, Vikesh Ramsunder issuing an apology letter over their “racist advert”, the Economic Freedom Fighters are currently protesting and destroying various Clicks stores across the country.

The Clicks at Saveways Centre in Emalahleni (Witbank) was damaged in a suspected petrol-bombing on Monday morning.

Clicks at the Lemontree Shopping Centre Alberton was also damaged.

This is the scene at the Clicks Primrose Square Germiston.

 

Clicks has apologised for the advert on its website, as has brand TRESemmé SA.

The Open Letter

Vikesh Ramsunder, Clicks Group CEO

As Group CEO of Clicks, I am deeply disappointed that we allowed insensitive and offensive images to be published on our website. I apologise unreservedly for the hurt and anger these images have caused.

The emotive responses of our customers have been mirrored by our employees and management teams.

And, whilst the images and content were provided to us by our supplier TRESemmé , this does not absolve us from blame. This is why we took accountability for this error of judgement by issuing a public apology and swiftly removing the offensive material from our website.

Over the past few days, I have reflected deeply on what it means to be a proudly South African corporate citizen and have consulted widely with diverse stakeholders to assist me in developing a comprehensive response to make amends for our error.

Already, the negligent employees have been suspended, and we have engaged the supplier, who has now also issued an apology.

This incident has highlighted the need to audit all of our 3rd party (and our own) promotional material for any implicit or explicit bias as well as the need for diversity and inclusivity training for all of our head office employees. This will be urgently implemented.

Over the past weekend, we have convened an extraordinary Board meeting to agree our next steps. This includes prioritising our diversity and inclusion training programme. We will be re-looking at its content, extend it wider and implement with more urgency and focus.

As a long-term advocate for natural hair, Clicks has invested heavily in the natural hair market over the past three years. We work with an extensive list of suppliers – more than 20 – to ensure that we stock more than 40 natural hair care ranges in our stores. Since 2005, we have grown the number of natural hair products on shelf by over 4000%.

As a company, we cannot change what happened, but we are learning from this. We are committed to effecting real, systemic change across our business that reflects our pride in being a truly South African company. We have done a lot in terms of transformation. This issue has clearly highlighted that we have a lot more to do.

We appeal to all stakeholders to engage with us so that we redress actions to demonstrate our commitment to diversity and inclusion.

We will take the necessary precautionary steps to ensure the safety and well-being of our customers and our employees. This includes dealing with the threat of the disruption of our business activities and intimidation of our customers and employees.

 

News: EFF wages war against Clicks.

Clicks on Sunday released a statement that it would be trading as normal on Monday, September 7.

“Clicks provides a much-needed healthcare service to South Africans and stores will not be closed. Contingency plans have been put in place to ensure the safety of both customers and staff.

“Clicks has taken full accountability and apologised unreservedly for the advertisement published on its website and has taken immediate action to address all concerns,”.

EFF

Quite simply, they are not happy with the apology Clicks posted in the aftermath of their controversial advert. Branding it ‘insincere’, the Red Berets have decided to hit the firm where it hurts, in their wallets

They hope that national protest action will teach Clicks a more fiscally-challenging lesson and the more who show up, the louder their message will be. After Clicks ignored the party’s written demands, the EFF is now promising to wage war against them.

According to The South African, the have branded Clicks ‘unrepentant and perverse’, as the dust refuses to settle on this one.

The EFF took to Twitter to mobilise its members to forcibly shut down all Clicks stores across the country in a tweet as the store will not be shutting down voluntarily.

“If Clicks does not close, our members in all the branches will shut down all 880 Clicks outlets across the country from Monday 7 September 2020 to Friday, 11 September 2020,” the EFF was quoted as having said in a statement.

The EFF’s move to forcibly shut down Clicks stores has triggered mixed reactions with some saying the EFF is playing judge and jury over the Clicks hair advert and others saying their demands are outrageous.

 

News: Clicks in hot water over racially insensitive images

Clicks is in hot water over posting racially insensitive images on their website of different hair types, labelling black people’s hair as “dry, damaged, frizzy and dull” and white people’s hair as “normal”.

Many South Africans believe the images show prejudice against natural black hair.

The images on their website sparked outrage on twitter.

“We are the black majority & should NEVER, EVER accept racism in any form. Our hair, our skin & our bodies, in our country & the world, MUST be respected, BY ANY REVOLUTIONARY MEANS NECESSARY! Blacks should go to Clicks & get their Justice, to hell with Reconciliation & Apologies!”

 

Clicks have since removed the images and issued an apology today saying it’s a strong advocate for natural hair.

“We have removed the images which go against everything we believe in. We do not condone racism and we are strong advocates of natural hair. We are deeply sorry and will put in place stricter measures on our website.”

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