Maverick Citizen


Week Four: Western Cape to open ICC as mega site; FNB urges customers to get the jab

Week Four: Western Cape to open ICC as mega site; FNB urges customers to get the jab
Itireleng Community Healthcare Centre vaccination site on 8 June 2021 in Soweto, Gauteng. (Photo: Gallo Images / Papi Morake)

On Thursday, 10 June, the latest vaccination statistics showed that 1,619,011 vaccines had been administered. Meanwhile, the Western Cape confirmed that it has entered the third wave and is planning a mass vaccination site. FNB is also urging and assisting its customers to register for the vaccine.

The Western Cape has declared that it has officially entered the third wave of Covid-19 infections, according to both Premier Alan Winde and provincial health department head Dr Keith Cloete, on Thursday, 10 June. 

They announced that the Cape Town International Convention Centre (ICC) will be opened as a mass vaccination site. The centre was transformed into a Covid-19 field hospital previously in May 2020. The site will be able to administer 5,000 doses daily once it becomes active in a few weeks’ time. Read this report by Suné Payne.

In the Northern Cape, some elderly residents of Upington are missing vaccination appointments because travelling to the sole vaccination site by taxi is too expensive. More than 10,000 people have received their first Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine dose. Read this report by Selby Nomnganga.

Meanwhile, Cabinet has “welcomed” the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) validation of the Sinovac vaccine for emergency Covid use. Earlier this week, the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority chairperson Professor Helen Rees said the regulator was reviewing the Sinovac vaccine. The regulator now has the same dossier of data as the WHO and that will quicken the process, she explained.

FNB and its partner Clicks have encouraged those over 60 years old to register for the vaccine. FNB said Clicks has started vaccinations at 51 sites across the country. The pharmacy chain requires proof of registration and medical aid details from customers before vaccination can go ahead.  

The bank has committed its 600 branches to helping customers to register for the vaccine. They need to bring ID and a proof of address to register, using the bank’s mobile devices usually reserved for banking services. DM/MC


"Information pertaining to Covid-19, vaccines, how to control the spread of the virus and potential treatments is ever-changing. Under the South African Disaster Management Act Regulation 11(5)(c) it is prohibited to publish information through any medium with the intention to deceive people on government measures to address COVID-19. We are therefore disabling the comment section on this article in order to protect both the commenting member and ourselves from potential liability. Should you have additional information that you think we should know, please email [email protected]"

Please peer review 3 community comments before your comment can be posted


This article is free to read.

Sign up for free or sign in to continue reading.

Unlike our competitors, we don’t force you to pay to read the news but we do need your email address to make your experience better.

Nearly there! Create a password to finish signing up with us:

Please enter your password or get a sign in link if you’ve forgotten

Open Sesame! Thanks for signing up.

We would like our readers to start paying for Daily Maverick...

…but we are not going to force you to. Over 10 million users come to us each month for the news. We have not put it behind a paywall because the truth should not be a luxury.

Instead we ask our readers who can afford to contribute, even a small amount each month, to do so.

If you appreciate it and want to see us keep going then please consider contributing whatever you can.

Support Daily Maverick→
Payment options

Daily Maverick Elections Toolbox

Feeling powerless in politics?

Equip yourself with the tools you need for an informed decision this election. Get the Elections Toolbox with shareable party manifesto guide.