UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors and supporters have signed an open letter to G7 leaders calling on them to make these urgent donations by August and to set out a roadmap to scale up donations as supplies increase.

This as the G7 meeting is set to get underway tomorrow.

UNICEF says the world has a lot of COVID-19 vaccines, but currently less than 1% of global supply is reaching people in low-income countries.

That is why they are urging richer nations to #DonateDosesNow.

Read the open letter HERE.

Tannie Evita Bezuidenhout, who is a resident in the West Coast District of the Western Cape, received her vaccination today at the Wesbank Community Hall in Malmesbury.

Premier Alan Winde says Tannie Evita is helping to send an important message to residents across the province that the vaccine is safe and that it offers excellent protection against severe COVID-19 related illness and death.

Also see: WHO concerned about increase in Covid-19 infections in sub-Saharan African countries

“I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to Tannie Evita for once again leading from the front in our country. This, of course, is not the first time she has helped with important health awareness campaigns, having been a powerful advocate for HIV awareness and education. I admire her dedication, and I am personally a very big fan!”

Tannie Evita said: “Yes, I am so very relieved to get my vaccine. But I have a smartphone. I have a computer. I have internet. I have a car. I am 85 and I still drive myself. But many, many of my generation and younger don’t know how to register. So if you know how and someone doesn’t – please help them to register. And if you don’t know, then ask someone to help you. My son De Kock registered me; I couldn’t get the little blue letters on the screen to turn black. This is why we do need to be able to cope with walk-ins and information in all eleven languages. And I was so pleased to hear Premier Alan Winde and the Western Cape Government responding to this obvious need to manage and to allow walk-ins.”

Tannie Evita after receiving her vaccine

This week, the Western Cape will increase the number of public vaccination service points to over 137 which includes, public and private sites, as well as temporary outreaches to places like old age homes.

Hundreds of sites will open across the Western Cape:

• 48 sites in the Overberg District
• 48 sites in the Cape Winelands District
• 14 sites in the Central Karoo District
• 53 sites in the West Coast District, and
• 41 sites in the Garden Route District

 

 

 

If you know someone who is over 60 and needs help to register, please do your best to assist. It will take just 6 minutes of your time.

Registration is simple and can be done by:

• visiting https://vaccine.enroll.health.gov.za/#/ or www.westerncape.gov.za
• dialing *134*832# and follow the prompts (FREE on all South African Networks); or
WhatsApp the word REGISTER to 0600 123456.

The Western Cape Government has launched a Covid-19 vaccine registration dashboard, which gives residents a breakdown by district and local municipality of residents who have registered for their vaccine.

It also enables authorities to quickly identify areas with low registration. This will enable targeted interventions to increase vaccine registration, of residents 60 years and older.

The dashboard also features:

• An interactive “heat map” that will allow residents to zoom into their neighbourhood to see how many elderly people may reside in the community.
• A list of active vaccination sites, which will also tell you how many residents are within a 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 km radius of the site.
• A list of ‘points of interest’, which will include our free Wi-Fi spots, religious centres, shopping areas, old age homes, government offices among others.

Premier Alan Winde says the most evident trend so far is that registrations in poorer communities are much lower when compared to other areas. The main reason for this is the lack of access to the resources that would enable registration on the EVDS. He has again appealed to tech-savvy residents to help the elderly to register.

Click on the picture below to go to the live dashboard:

Covid-19 Vaccine registration Dashboard

The Western Cape Health Department yesterday said it is making progress in vaccinating the elderly, especially in old age home settings.

To register for the vaccine, you will need to visit: https://vaccine.enroll.health.gov.za/#/. This portal can also be found via www.westerncape.gov.za

You can also dial *134*832# and follow the prompts (FREE on all South African Networks), or WhatsApp the word REGISTER to 0600 123456.

Should you need assistance with the registration process, do not hesitate to visit www.sacoronavirus.co.za/evds/support/ or call our call centre on 0860 142 142.

 

The MEC for Health, Dr Nomafrench Mbombo says that although the province’s Covid-19 vaccination program seems to be moving at a snail’s pace, the Western Cape is actually making the best progress in vaccinating pensioners.

During the weekly digicon, Mbombo said that the province has the largest number of retirement resorts and old age homes, than elsewhere in South Africa, and therefore there are more people, over 60, to be vaccinated.

She says the province has already, since the start of phase 2 of its vaccination program, given more than 20 thousand inhabitants their injection.

Read more here.

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Premier Alan Winde says steady progress is being made in ensuring that senior citizens who reside in old age homes receive their COVID-19 vaccine.

As of 25 May 2021, 4426 older persons had been vaccinated across 57 old age homes in the province. This equates to 55% of the province’s target for over 60’s in congregate settings.

Teams are this week visiting old age homes across rural districts, which include 7 old age homes in the Overberg District, 6 in the Garden Route District, 4 in the West Coast District, 1 in the Central Karoo and 29 old age homes in the Cape Winelands.

Winde says there will be a radical ramp up in vaccinations.

“We are aiming to move from vaccinating over 6000 residents per day this week, to 12 000 per day next week, to 24 000 per day the week thereafter. We have worked out our ramp-up plan in accordance with the supply of vaccines we expect to receive. In this regard, we are pleased to report that we are due another shipment of Pfizer doses today, as well as two further shipments in the early weeks of June.”

He says they are eagerly anticipating news on the J&J vaccines, which will allow the Western Cape to do even more.

Overall, the Western Cape will be opening hundreds of sites across the province over the course of the vaccination programme this year.

This includes:

  • 70 sites in the City of Cape Town
  • 48 sites in the Overberg District
  • 53 sites in the West Coast District
  • 14 sites in the Central Karoo District
  • 41 sites in the Garden Route District
  • 48 sites in the Cape Winelands District

To register yourself for vaccination if you are 60 or over, or to assist a person over 60 to register, you can:

  • Visit www.westerncape.gov.za and click on the link to register
  • Whatsapp the word REGISTER to 0600 123 456
  • Dial *134*832# and follow the prompts (free on any SA network)

Registration is easy and free, and all residents over 60 are encouraged to please register as soon as possible.

Should you need assistance with the registration process, do not hesitate to visit www.sacoronavirus.co.za/evds/support/ or call our call centre on 0860 142 142.