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Day 11: Week three kicks off with almost 500,000 doses already administered

The Nokuthela Ngwenya Community Health Centre on 26 May 2021 in Ekurhuleni. (Photo: Gallo Images / OJ Koloti)

On Monday, 31 May, South Africa entered the third week of Phase 2 of its Covid-19 vaccine roll-out. Almost 500,000 people have received their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine and more vaccination sites are due to open.

Over the weekend, the number of people who have been vaccinated during Phase 2 surpassed the number of people vaccinated during the Sisonke study.

By midnight on 29 May, 484,108 people had received their first dose of the double-shot Pfizer vaccine.

A total of 479,768 healthcare workers were vaccinated with the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. According to the Presidency, more than 67% of public healthcare workers have been vaccinated.

More than three million people are registered on the Electronic Vaccine Data System, said President Cyril Ramaphosa during an address to the nation on 30 May. There are more than 400 vaccination sites nationwide.

Ramaphosa assured that “…we have secured enough vaccines to reach all adults in the country, which is around 40 million people”.

He said South Africa had acquired 31 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine, and 20 million doses of the double-shot Pfizer vaccine.

More than 1.3-million Pfizer doses have been distributed, and of that, 484,108 doses had been administered, he said.

Another 636,000 Pfizer doses were due to arrive on Sunday, 30 May. South Africa will receive weekly deliveries of this size until the end of June when another 2.5 million doses will be received, he said.

He appealed for everyone to follow health protocols in order to delay the third wave. “Every week that we delay the peak of the third wave allows us to vaccinate hundreds of thousands more people, and may well save their lives,” he said.

In the Northern Cape, those who have registered for the vaccine have been advised to go to the vaccination site only after they have received the SMS instructing them to do so. This is because walk-ins were “causing very long waiting times for our elderly”, the department said.

Nape Matjeding (67) gets her vaccination shot at the FF Robeiro Clinic at Sammy Marks Square vaccination site on 25 May 2021 in Pretoria. (Photo: Gallo Images / Alet Pretorius)

Meanwhile, Limpopo released a list of active vaccination sites:

  • St Ritas Hospital
  • Groblersdal Hospital
  • Dilokong Hospital
  • Mokopane Hospital
  • FH Odendaal Hospital
  • Thabazimbi Hospital
  • Mankweng Hospital
  • Pietersburg Hospital
  • Lebowakgomo Hospital
  • Donald Fraser Hospital
  • Siloam Hospital
  • Malamulele Hospital
  • Nkhensani Hospital
  • Dr CN Phatudi Hospital
  • Kgapane Hospital

The following sites will open on 2 June:

  • Matlala Hospital
  • George Masebe Hospital
  • Helene Franz Hospital
  • Maphutha Malatji Hospital

Messina Hospital will open on 3 June.

These sites will be open from Monday to Thursday between 8am and 4pm, according to the province’s department of health.

The Western Cape is planning to bring another 68 public vaccination sites and four more private sites online this week. This will bring the total t0 137 sites by 4 June. View the list here.

It confirmed that those with appointments will be prioritised, but walk-ins will be attended to if possible.

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Nearly 100 workplace vaccination sites will become active by 13 June, according to Martin Kingston, the Business for South Africa executive. A site at Impala Platinum is already online and ones at Eskom and Ford are expected to become active soon. These sites will administer about 1,000 doses a day, he added. These companies could extend their reach to workers’ families and communities. DM/MC


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