Friday, August 20, 2021

All adults eligible for COVID-19 jab

South Africans over the age of 18 are eligible to receive their Covid-19 vaccinations.

Cabinet this week approved vaccinations for the 18 to 34 age group as part of the country’s measures to increase the vaccine rollout and curb Covid-19 infections.

Vaccinations for this group were originally set to kick off on 1 September.

“Cabinet welcomed the vaccination rollout plan to increase the uptake of vaccines, particularly in provinces that had shown a reduction in uptake,” said cabinet.

To date, more than 10 million vaccines have been administered in SA, with more than seven million people partially vaccinated and more than four million fully vaccinated.

Briefing the media on government’s effort in mitigating the coronavirus pandemic in South Africa, on Friday, Health Minister, Dr. Joe Phaahla said, 184 000 people in the 18 years and over group have registered for the vaccine thus far, with 73 000 in Gauteng. He says this number is expected to grow during the course of the day and beyond.

Responding to questions, Minister Phaahla again encourages young people to vaccinate and also bring their older family members to get their jabs so we can open the economy fully once we have population immunity.

 

Done By: Mitchum George

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