Health Minister Joe Phaahla says he is concerned with the low uptake of the Covid-19 vaccine among young people.
Vaccination for this group of South Africans, aged 18 to 34, commenced in August this year.
The Minister says, to date, only around 25% of young people had been vaccinated.
Phaahla says vaccinations among those younger than 18 are progressing well.
Watch the Department of Health’s latest Covid-19 briefing here.
- Residents, older than 50, should get their Covid-19 vaccine as soon as possible.
- “Vaccinating children, at this point in time, a waste of valuable doses of Covid-19 vaccine”.
- Worrying decrease in Covid-19 vaccine uptake among Western Cape residents.
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— Department of Health (@HealthZA) November 14, 2021
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— Department of Health (@HealthZA) November 13, 2021
Western Cape Head of Health, Dr. Keith Cloete says there has been a worrying decrease in the uptake of Covid-19 vaccines among residents.
Cloete says vaccinations have dropped from an average of almost 200,000 injections administered per week, to just more than 100,000 doses administered on a weekly basis.
In excess of 3.7-million doses of Covid-19 vaccines have, to date, been administered across the Western Cape.
Access this week’s Western Cape Covid-19 digital conference here.
- Western Cape increasing access to Covid-19 vaccines in poorer communities.
- GABS-employees get their Covid-19 vaccination at new pop-up vaccination site.
- WC Health: #SaveOurSummer – Get Vaccinated!
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— Premier Alan Winde (@alanwinde) November 10, 2021
— Premier Alan Winde (@alanwinde) November 9, 2021