Published on 20.05.2022

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Published on 20.05.2022
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GrandWest Casino is First Facility in Western Cape to Become Official Vaxx Zone

GrandWest Casino is first Facility Western Cape become official Vaxx ZzoneRecently we reported that Sun International turned part of its flagship Sun City Casino resort into a complex where COVID-19 vaccinations are being administered daily.

Today, the casino and hospitality group said that it was expanding this idea to the Western Cape. A section of Sun International’s GrandWest Casino property (the Market Hall, adjacent to the Grand Arena) is the first complex in the casino industry to be inspected and approved by the Department of Health to begin administering vaccinations.

This brings to three the number of Sun International properties that are part of the plan to introduce a workplace vaccination site. Its Wild Coast Sun resort also runs a similar programme.

Sun International conveyed that there will be five vaccinators on site, working every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 am to 3 pm, until the first week of October. They aim to administer hundreds of Pfizer vaccinations each day – first to GrandWest staff and then to the public.

Mervyn Naidoo, the general manager of GrandWest said:

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“We initially looked into the feasibility of offering vaccines to our staff, their families and our concessionaires [as has been adopted by Sun City], but we have a strong relationship with our local communities so we wanted to look after them too. By partnering with the Department of Health we now can offer vaccines to a far greater number of people.”

It’s important to note that only the top 150 casino points earners will be considered for the promotion, so now’s the time to start spinning those slots or playing those table games at Grand West.

Naiddo said that while GrandWest was the first hospitality and leisure industry site to open up in the Western Cape, he hoped that it would only bring on more companies to adopt the idea. He said that the South African casino industry had been hit particularly hard by the pandemic, and it was imperative to roll out mass vaccination programmes as soon as possible. He warned that if not, many thousands of jobs could be lost.

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Kelvin Jones
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