The Western Cape Education Department encouraged matriculants, over the age of 18, to get their Covid-19 vaccination as soon as possible.

The WCED says if pupils get their injection this week still they would have two weeks to build up their immunity before the exams kick off.

This year’s matric examinations will start on 27 October 2021.

Education MEC, Debbie Schäfer says it’s important that Grade 12s keep themselves safe as they near the examinations.

Read more here.

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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.

Access the Western Cape’s latest Covid-19 digicon here.

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The Western Cape head of health, Dr. Keith Cloete says the province has now officially exited the third wave of the covid-19 pandemic.

Cloete says the Western Cape’s Covid-related hospital admissions, infection rate and mortality rate have now decreased significantly.

He says efforts will now be ramped up to get more residents vaccinated against Covid-19.

Access this week’s Western Cape Covid-19 digital conference here.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has urged political leaders to encourage their supporters to get vaccinated.

The President says that the more people are vaccinated, the less chances of the upcoming 1 November elections turning into a Covid-19 super-spreader event.

He also urged those, who host and attend political gatherings, to adhere to the safety and social distancing measures at all times.

Follow the President’s Twitter-updates here.

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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.

Read the minister’s full statement here.

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