Premier Alan Winde has commended residents, between the ages of 35 and 49 years, who have come out in numbers to register for their Covid-19 vaccination.

During his weekly digicon, he said that even though the province’s infection-rate is now starting to flatten, people should still continue to register for and receive their injection to better protect themselves and those around them.

He says the province’s vaccination strategy is continuing to push ahead with more than 850-thousand residents that have, to date been vaccinated.

More than 10-million people South Africans fall into this cohort.

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The Department of Basic Education (DBE) has urged teachers to get themselves vaccinated.

With the vaccination of teachers coming to an end this week, teachers and other school-support staff have been urged to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

The DBE spokesperson, Elijah Mhlanga says more than 333-thousand teachers and school-support staff have already been vaccinated with their one-dose Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine.

Mhlanga says the aim is to vaccinate more than 582-thousand employees in the sector, by the end of the vaccination-drive.

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The Department of Health says it is readying all of its systems to start vaccinating public-service employees at the country’s correctional services facilities.

Acting Health Minister, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane says a date for these vaccinations has not yet been confirmed.

She says this leg of the country’s vaccination-drive may be rolled out at the same time as that of police officers.

The Minister says SANDF-members would also start receiving their jabs on 5 July.

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Police Minister Bheki Cele says members of the SA police force will, from 5 July, receive their Covid-19 vaccination.

The Minister says the virus has, to date, claimed the lives of 666 police-force members.

Cele says the police will continue to see to it that residents continue to adhere to the adjusted level 4 lockdown regulations.

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With the cold weather expected to continue until at least this weekend, residents are urged to be extra vigilant, to avoid a further increase in covid-19 infections.

This, according to Premier Alan Winde, who says people will now spend a lot more time indoors, in mostly poorly ventilated areas, to escape the colder temperatures and rain.

Winde says the province has seen an increase in Covid-infections – over the past three weeks – with more that 12-thousand residents that now have active forms of the virus.

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