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 fully vaccinated people are four times less likely to die from Covid-19 complications than those who are not vaccinated.

The Department once again, over the weekend, encouraged residents over the age of 50 to get their injection as soon as possible.

According to the province’s Head of Health, Dr. Keith Cloete getting at least one dose of a two-dose Covid-19 vaccine, will provide protection against serious illness, hospitalization or death.

He says that fully vaccinated people enjoy the best protection.

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The Department of Health says the country has now almost reached the halfway-mark of its goal of vaccinating at least 70% of adults against Covid-19.

Health Minister Joe Phaahla says more than 18,7-million doses of vaccine had now been administered in South Africa.

More than 13-million, or 33.4%-percent of adults that had now been vaccinated.

He says vaccination-rates among the country’s older-residents are increasing.

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The Minister of Health, Dr. Joe Phaahla says the electronic Covid-19 vaccination certificate will allow vaccinated South African the opportunity to access a lot of different facilities and services.

The Minister last week announced the official launch of the certificates, which vaccinated South Africans can download online.

He says South Africans will also be able to travel overseas using the certificates.

You can access and download your vaccination certificate here.

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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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