The Independent Community Pharmacy Association says young South Africans are keen to get their turn to be vaccinated against Covid-19.

Registration for this age-group will open on 1 September.

The Head of the ICPA, Jackie Maiman, says pharmacies are inundated by calls from younger people asking if they can walk in and get a jab.

The association’s member-pharmacies are already administering more than 30,000 injections per day.

Maiman says this number will soon be scaled up, to reach in excess of 50,000 vaccinations per day.

Access her full briefing here.

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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.

Follow the full digicon here.

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Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, at the University of the Witwatersrand, Professor Shabir Madhi says the only way to “defeat” Covid-19 would be to ensure herd-immunity is reached in the country as soon as possible.

Madhi says the virus will continue to evolve or mutate in a largely non-vaccinated population which would see more transmissible and virulent variants of Covid-19 rise to dominance.

He says vaccination helps the body’s immune-system easier recognize and neutralize the virus, after infection.

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The Department of Basic Education has urged teachers and other school-support staff, who qualify for their Covid-19 injection, to get their vaccination this week.

This after the DBE announced the extension of the sector’s vaccination programme until 14 July this week.

Media relations-officer at the DBE, Terence Khala.

Khala says the DBE hopes to vaccinate the majority of the country’s more than 700-thousand teachers and other staff by the end of this week.

Read more here.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has again assured South Africans that, despite the initial challenges faced, millions more residents would soon be vaccinated against Covid-19.

He said this on Tuesday evening, when announcing the country’s migration to level 3 of lockdown.

Ramaphosa says millions of doses of Covid-19 vaccines are expected to reach the country in the next few weeks to months.

He says global vaccine shortages also affected the roll-out of South Africa’s vaccine strategy.

Read his full address here.

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