The Department of Health says the country has now almost reached the halfway-mark of its goal of vaccinating at least 70% of adults against Covid-19.

Health Minister Joe Phaahla says more than 18,7-million doses of vaccine had now been administered in South Africa.

More than 13-million, or 33.4%-percent of adults that had now been vaccinated.

He says vaccination-rates among the country’s older-residents are increasing.

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The Minister of Health, Dr. Joe Phaahla says the electronic Covid-19 vaccination certificate will allow vaccinated South African the opportunity to access a lot of different facilities and services.

The Minister last week announced the official launch of the certificates, which vaccinated South Africans can download online.

He says South Africans will also be able to travel overseas using the certificates.

You can access and download your vaccination certificate here.

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The Department of Tourism says applications for the next round of the Tourism Transformation Fund (TTF) and Green Tourism Incentive Programme (GTIP) are now open.

The applications officially opened on 1 October.

Departmental spokesperson, Blessing Manale says the TTF is aimed at assisting small and medium-sized, black-owned tourism businesses expand and grow their operations.

He says businesses can also now submit their applications for the Green Tourism Incentive Programme.

The funding, in collaboration with the Industrial Development Corporation, will provide funding to tourism business who want to make their operations “greener” and more environmentally sustainable.

To apply and get more information, click here.

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The Mitchell’s Plain Hospital of Hope officially closed its doors last week.

According to the Western Cape Department of Health, the facility has seen a significant reduction in Covid-related admissions, as the third wave started tapering off.

Head of Health, Dr. Keith Cloete says there is sufficient capacity elsewhere, to accommodate new hospital-admissions.

He says admissions at other Covid-19 facilities have also started decreasing.

Get the latest Western Cape Covid-19-related news here.

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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.

Follow the latest vaccination updates here.

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