Health Minister Joe Phaahla says he is concerned with the low uptake of the Covid-19 vaccine among young people.
Vaccination for this group of South Africans, aged 18 to 34, commenced in August this year.
The Minister says, to date, only around 25% of young people had been vaccinated.
Phaahla says vaccinations among those younger than 18 are progressing well.
Watch the Department of Health’s latest Covid-19 briefing here.
- Residents, older than 50, should get their Covid-19 vaccine as soon as possible.
- “Vaccinating children, at this point in time, a waste of valuable doses of Covid-19 vaccine”.
- Worrying decrease in Covid-19 vaccine uptake among Western Cape residents.
As of today the cumulative number of #COVID19 cases identified in SA is 2 925 939 with 262 new cases reported. Today 8 deaths have been reported bringing the total to 89 484 deaths. The cumulative number of recoveries now stand at 2 819 688 with a recovery rate of 96,4% pic.twitter.com/7vfXQzJENA
— Department of Health (@HealthZA) November 14, 2021
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— Department of Health (@HealthZA) November 13, 2021