OAGILE Louw (32) is using fun methods to encourage Mzansi’s youth to vaccinate.
His South African Youth Council organisation, the Nedlac Community Constituency Front as well as the Sanac civil society forum are contributing in a small way towards them getting the jab.
Oagile from Lehae, Joburg, said they were targeting 18 to 34 year olds to register and vaccinate.
“We are making sure there is no vaccination hesitancy. Vaccination is the way to save many lives. We are spreading the message through different programmes, including social media platforms.”
Oagile said the message would reach the masses as his organisation was the umbrella body for over two million members from various sectors such as religion, politics, student groups, businesses and NGOs.
“We will roll out vaccination programmes that will present reports, regular updates and make sure the youth are accountable,” said Oagile, who’s in his first term as provincial youth council chairman.
“I’m responsible for the organisation’s structure and policies. I’m also their spokesman.” He said the organisation was mandated to close the gap between government and the youth. “We help government identify newspapers and radio stations to convey messages to the youth. We use social media to make sure the youth do not miss out.”
Oagile said engagement with government officials in fields involving the youth would bring solutions to challenges they were facing such as unemployment and drugs.