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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With an estimated 355,000 South Africans vaccinated this past weekend, as part of the Vooma Vaccination Weekend, residents have been encouraged to continue registering for and go for their injection.

Western Cape Head of Health, Dr. Keith Cloete says there has been a worrying decrease in the number of people getting vaccinated, not just here in the Western Cape, but also in the rest of the country.

Cloete says the province’s healthcare facilities have sufficient doses of vaccine to inoculate thousands of residents on a daily basis.

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The Western Cape has, over the past week, shown a 12% decrease in its positivity-rate, indicating early signs of the end of the third wave of the pandemic.

The provincial Head of Health, Dr Keith Cloete says the province’s hospitalization-rate has also shown a gradual week-on-week decline of 8%.

Covid-19 deaths also decreased from an average of around 108 deaths per day, to less than 100 deaths per day.

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The Delta variant is now the biggest driving-force behind the increase in Covid-19 infections among Western Cape teenagers.

According to Head of Health, Dr. Keith Cloete an increase in infections among young people were reported when schools opened for the third-term.

He says this increase was expected because schools were closed during the first & second waves.

Cloete says the majority of teenagers contract the virus during social gatherings after school and on weekends.

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The Western Cape Health department has again urged those in high-risk groups, who have not yet been vaccinated, to get their jab as soon as possible.

According to the Western Cape Head of Health, Dr Keith Cloete many doctors across the province report that the majority of patients who now end up in hospitals, with severe forms of Covid-19, are those who have not been vaccinated.

Cloete says vaccination not only protects people from developing severe Covid-19, but would also help protect the healthcare system from becoming overwhelmed.

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