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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Health Minister Joe Phaahla says there is light at the end of the tunnel, for South Africa, in its fight against the covid-19 pandemic.

Phaahla says even though the third wave of the pandemic – now at close to 120 days – has been the longest wave thus far, it is starting to show a decline.

The Minster says the first wave lasted for an estimated 80 days, while the second wave lasted for around 90 days.

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The Western Cape Health Department says it has, to date, managed to vaccinate more than 66% of the province’s pensioners.

The Department’s Chief of Operations, Dr Saadiq Kariem said around 51% of residents, between the ages of 50 and 59, have been vaccinated.

Kariem says only around 40% of 35 to 49-year olds had been vacinnated, while in the 18 to 34-year old age group, only 20% have been vaccinated.

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The Department of Health says the majority of South Africans have been inoculated with Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine.

Even though Government was planning to vaccinate people in rural areas with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, the majority of residents in far-lying areas have been inoculated with the Pfizer vaccine.

According to the Minister of Health, Joe Phaahla initial plans were to jab South Africans with the J&J vaccine as it only requires one jab which would have ensured that more people get vaccinated over a shorter period of time.

Phaahla says South Africa now has a huge stock-pile of Pfizer doses.

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