South Africa


Day 15: Week three ends with over 600,000 Pfizer doses administered so far

An elderly South African women, Mavis Mqakumfana, holds her vaccination 'passport' after getting her vaccination at a government-run clinic during the ongoing Covid-19 vaccinations for people over 60 years old, in Hillbrow, Johannesburg, South Africa, 3 June 2021. The first round of vaccinations was for the healthcare workers in the country, with the next group of vaccinations being for members of the public over 60 years old. South Africa is lagging behind many countries in the world in its vaccination programme. (Photo: EPA-EFE/Kim Ludbrook)

On 4 June, the third week of the Covid-19 vaccine rollout came to an end as the third wave of Covid-19 infections took hold. In this week alone, almost 150,000 people received their first Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine dose.

The third week of Covid-19 vaccinations drew to a close with 637,801 people having received their first Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine. Of this, 147,121 people were vaccinated between 31 May and 2 June.

Total number of people who had received their first Pfizer dose by the end of 1 June:

  •     Eastern Cape: 60,310
  •     Free State: 28,803
  •     Gauteng: 163,927
  •     KwaZulu-Natal: 189,176
  •     Limpopo: 66,284
  •     Mpumalanga: 21,362
  •     North West: 35,045
  •     Northern Cape: 6,322
  •     Western Cape: 66,572

 By the end of 1 June, there were 954,546 healthcare workers registered to be vaccinated during Phase 1B and another 2.2-million people aged over 60 registered for Phase 2. 

  •     Eastern Cape: 442,252
  •     Free State: 127,795
  •     Gauteng: 772,691
  •     KwaZulu-Natal: 602,907
  •     Limpopo: 387,792
  •     Mpumalanga: 146,408
  •     North West: 177,261
  •     Northern Cape: 43,723
  •     Western Cape: 486,570

The National Department of Health published an updated list of all active vaccination sites in the country. Find it here.

During a briefing on 4 June, the Gauteng department of health said it has vaccinated 149,077 residents over 60. Of this, 488,264 have registered. The province has 1.3-million residents who are over 60. 

It has vaccinated 17,703 residents at 99 old age homes. 

It has 103 active vaccination sites — 63 are public sites and 40 are private sites. It said it encourages registration but will accommodate walk-ins. DM/MC.


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