The Western Cape Department of Health says national Government is considering to, in future, also vaccinate children, aged 12 to 17, against Covid-19.

The province’s Head of Health, Dr Keith Cloete says the move would help curb the continued spread of the virus.

Cloete said the more South Africans that are vaccinated, the less severe the next wave of the pandemic would be.

He says they are also considering giving people over 50, with underlying health-conditions, and health workers a booster-dose of Covid-19 vaccine.

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Western Cape residents, older than 50 years of age, have been urged to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

Although the majority of the province’s covid-19 infections were seen in people in the younger age cohorts, it’s those in the older age brackets who end up in hospital with Covid-complications.

According to the Western Cape Head of Health, Dr. Keith Cloete, 39% of the province’s residents, aged 20 to 39, tested positive for the virus, but rarely ended up being hospitalized.

Cloete says those over 50, have shown to get more severe forms of the virus.

He says there is concern that less and less people, in the 50 and 60-plus age-groups, register and show up for their injection.

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The Western Cape Health Department says it has, to date, managed to vaccinate more than 66% of the province’s pensioners.

The Department’s Chief of Operations, Dr Saadiq Kariem said around 51% of residents, between the ages of 50 and 59, have been vaccinated.

Kariem says only around 40% of 35 to 49-year olds had been vacinnated, while in the 18 to 34-year old age group, only 20% have been vaccinated.

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The Western Cape Department of Health says more than 90% of Covid-19 patients, currently admitted to the province’s hospitals, are unvaccinated.

Research by the UCT Health Sciences faculty shows that of the 156 patients admitted to the Groote Schuur Hospital, 153 were not vaccinated against the virus.

The Health Department’s Dr Saadiq Kariem says of the 66 patients in ICU, not one of the patients had their Covid-19 injection.

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The Western Cape Health Department says it is looking at adjusting the operating hours of the Athlone stadium Covid-19 vaccination clinic.

This after observations have shown that the majority of residents access the clinic late in the afternoons, instead of in the mornings.

Chief Director General at the Department, Dr Saadiq Kariem says they want to cater to those residents who can only go for their vaccination after working-hours.

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