The Western Cape has reached another vaccination milestone. Fifty percent of adults in the Western Cape have now been vaccinated with at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.

Though only halfway – 51,36% or just over 2.5 million adults in the province have ensured they are protected against severe illness.

These vaccination targets are still not near the 70% plus targets that the Western Cape Health Department has set.

Currently in the Western Cape:

  • 511 524 people 60 years and older have been vaccinated – 70.73% of the total population in this age group.
  • 421 613 (61.63%) in the 50-59 group.
  • 807 675 (53.42%) aged 35-49
  • 815 045 (39.61%) in the 18-34 age group
  • 78 716 of those aged 12 – 17 have also taken up their vaccination

In a statement, the Western Cape Health Department said: “With the new Omicron variant rapidly spreading, vaccination is more important than ever before to protect against severe illness and death. We once again appeal to those who have not yet been vaccinated to take up any of the many opportunities we are providing within their communities.”

The Vooma Vaccination Week also continues and the department is hopeful that this initiative will boost vaccinations: “Get vaccinated at the Vooma Vaccination week from 3-10 December before the holidays so that you and your loved ones can be fully protected and have a safe holiday period together and help us prevent severe illness and death ahead of the fourth wave.”

At the same time, there is also an initiative in Atlantis to get more people vaccinated.

A Free MyCiTi shuttle is available until Christmas Eve to vaccinations sites in Atlantis. This service will operate between the Starke bus stop in Charel Uys drive and the Saxonsea Community Hall via the Protea Park, Atlantis MyCiTi station, and Wesfleur area. The Mayco Member for transport Rob Quintas says the shuttle will operate every 20 minutes on weekdays from 7.30 am to 3.10 pm & also at specific times on weekends.

Government has now significantly ramped up and changed its communications-strategy to reduce vaccine-hesitancy among South Africans.

Director General at the GCIS, Phumla Williams says research has shown that vaccine-hesitancy is especially high in rural communities.

She says messaging now also includes scientific evidence & research to educate residents about the safety of the vaccines.

Williams says the covid-19 vaccination programme is the biggest in South Africa’s modern history.

Access the full briefing here.

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