The World Health Organization (WHO) says reaching a global vaccination equity target of 40% needs a whole of government & society approach.

WHO Director General, Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus says a more aggressive approach is needed to ensure that globally, more people get immediate access to a Covid-19 vaccine.

He says like any other natural disaster the Covid-19 pandemic should also be treated with urgency.

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The Western Cape Health Department says it will now implement additional strategies to take the Covid-19 vaccine to as many residents as possible.

Head of Health, Dr. Keith Cloete says the province has seen a significant decrease in people now reporting for their injection.

The province’s vaccination rate has dropped from an average of 200,000 vaccinations per week to less than 150,000 vaccinations per week.

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The Western Cape Health Department has recorded a significant surge in trauma-cases, since last week Friday, when the country moved to Level 1 of the lockdown.

Head of Health, Dr Keith Cloete says the end-of-the-month weekend coincided with the further lifting of alcohol-sales restrictions, leading to an increase of alcohol-related injuries and trauma.

He says this influx was seen at 17 of the province’s emergency centres.

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Premier Alan Winde says that slightly more than 30% of Western Cape pensioners still need to get vaccinated.

During his weekly digicon, Winde again urged residents older than 60 to register and report for their Covid-19 vaccination as soon as possible.

To date, more than 60% of Western Cape residents, older than 60, had been fully vaccinated.

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The Western Cape Department of Health says national Government is considering to, in future, also vaccinate children, aged 12 to 17, against Covid-19.

The province’s Head of Health, Dr Keith Cloete says the move would help curb the continued spread of the virus.

Cloete said the more South Africans that are vaccinated, the less severe the next wave of the pandemic would be.

He says they are also considering giving people over 50, with underlying health-conditions, and health workers a booster-dose of Covid-19 vaccine.

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