35-49 Year Olds Will Soon Be Able to Register For Vaccines
The Department of Health announced on Friday morning when registrations for the vaccinations of the 35 to 49 age groups will begin. They also gave insight into when these vaccinations will commence.
Things seem to be moving swiftly as the Department of Health has said that those between the ages of of 35 and 49 will be able to register from 15 July.
Vaccinations for this group will then begin on 1 August.
While briefing media and the general public on Friday morning, Acting Health Minister, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane,said that there has been a sustained rise in infections, hospitalisations and related deaths in the past week.
South Africa reached the 4 million mark in vaccines administered with 4 017 442 jabs done at the end of 8 July.
So far, the following groups have started receiving vaccinations:
- Healthcare workers
- Over 60s
- Over 50s
- Education sector
- Security sector
Kubayi-Ngubane said government’s vaccination programme has made significant strides saying:
We have learned lessons from when we started, and we continue to improve our systems as we work and continue moving forward.
Just last week, the South African Health Products Authority (SAHPRA) granted approval for the use of the Sinovac vaccine which we all hope will work well as the demand for vaccines grows. Sinovac is in addition to the Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines already utilised in the country.
“More people are yearning to get vaccinated. [This] will boost the vaccine supply for the country’s vaccination rollout programme," said the Acting Health Minister.
Gauteng is believed to have reached it's peak with cases decreasing while other provinces such as Western Cape, Limpopo, North West, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga are seeing a rise in cases.
We’re expecting to surpass 250 000 vaccinations by next week.
From 1 August, vaccinations will be administered over weekends as well. Government has come under fire for not having this happen before with many saying that this shows that Government is not taking vaccinations in the country seriously.
“We have to make sure that the vaccine reaches all South Africans as quickly as possible. We will now pay attention to vaccinations per district, and make the research intervention, working together with provinces, to ensure that in each district in every local municipality, there is access to the vaccine,” she said.
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