Business lobby-group, Business for South Africa (B4SA) says it has intensified its efforts – in collaboration with Government and other role-players – to boost the number of pensioners who have registered for their Covid-19 vaccine.

The group says it is concerned with the large numbers of pensioners who have not yet registered for their Covi-19 vaccination.

Convenor of B4SA, Cas Coovadia says only about 1.6-million of the country’s 5.4-million pensioners have registered for their injection.

Coovadia says it is especially important for pensioners, with underlying medical conditions, to get vaccinated before the winter season arrives.

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If you know of people 60 years or older in the Western Cape who want to register for a Covid-19 vaccine, but they don’t have access to technology, they can go to one of 75 centres located across the province to do so.

Employees at the Western Cape’s 75 Cape Access Centres, located across the province, are now available to assist residents to register for their COVID-19 vaccine.

The Cape Access programme makes internet technology available free of charge to communities across the Western Cape, with a special focus on rural areas where access is needed most.

Premier Alan Winde has called on the private sector and other civil society organisations to help residents to register for their vaccine.

The 75 Cape Access centres are located in:

• Cape Town Metro (including 9 Wale Street in the Western Cape Government building);
• West Coast (including the Langebaan Thusong Centre and the Citrusdal Thusong Centre);
• Central Karoo (including Beaufort West Thusong Centre and Leeu Gamka library)
• Garden Route (include Mossel Bay Thusong Centre and the New Horizons Library in Plettenberg Bay);
• Overberg (including Hawston Thusong Centre and the Bredasdorp Thusong Center); and
• Cape Winelands (including Multipurpose centre in Klapmuts and Worcester Thusong Centre).

For more information on Cape Access centres:

• Visit: https://www.westerncape.gov.za/cape-access/find-e-centre
• Call: 0860 142 142 to find your nearest Cape Access Centre.

“I again urge residents who are 60 years and older to register for their vaccines. If you are not yet eligible for your vaccine, you can assist those in your family and community to register for their vaccines.”

To register, please visit www.westerncape.gov.za and click on the link, or Dial *134*832# and follow the prompts (FREE on all South African Networks), or WhatsApp the word REGISTER to 0600 123456.

If you are over 60 and registered for your COVID-19 vaccine, you can expect:

• An SMS confirming your registration.
• A second SMS with an appointment date and the place – for those who have already registered this should come in the next 2-3 weeks.
• Get vaccinated with your first dose.
• Proof of vaccination card.
• An appointment date for your second dose (if two-dose vaccine).

The time has come to fight back against COVID-19. #LetsDoThis, Western Cape!