The Western Cape Health Department says it still needs to vaccinate a further more than 3-million residents to achieve the province’s herd immunity target of 70%.

Chief of Operations, Dr Saadiq Kariem says there are around 3.1-million residents, over 18 years of age, that still need to receive at least one dose of the covid-19 injection.

Kariem says more than 2.5-million doses of vaccine had, to date, been administered across the province.

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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 Western Cape Department of Health says more than 90% of Covid-19 patients, currently admitted to the province’s hospitals, are unvaccinated.

Research by the UCT Health Sciences faculty shows that of the 156 patients admitted to the Groote Schuur Hospital, 153 were not vaccinated against the virus.

The Health Department’s Dr Saadiq Kariem says of the 66 patients in ICU, not one of the patients had their Covid-19 injection.

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The Western Cape Health Department says it is looking at adjusting the operating hours of the Athlone stadium Covid-19 vaccination clinic.

This after observations have shown that the majority of residents access the clinic late in the afternoons, instead of in the mornings.

Chief Director General at the Department, Dr Saadiq Kariem says they want to cater to those residents who can only go for their vaccination after working-hours.

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