The Department of Health says 57 949 people in South Africa received a COVID-19 vaccine on Saturday. This takes the overall number of COVID-19 vaccines administered to 26 324 383 in the country.
Almost 15 million people in South Africa are fully vaccinated, having received either the single-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine or the double dose Pfizer vaccine.
More than 8% of children aged 12 to 17 have received the single dose Pfizer vaccine.
Latest COVID-19 statistics in SA:
South Africa’s COVID-19 cases have surpassed the 3 million mark with 16 366 new cases reported in the latest 24-hour reporting cycle.
Accumulative cases now stand at 3 020 569. This increase represents a 23.8% positivity rate.
The country’s COVID-19 related deaths now stand at 89 965, with 21 new related fatalities reported on Saturday.
A look at current COVID-19 situation in South Africa with Prof. Mosa Moshabela:
The Health Department has encouraged more people in Tshwane to vaccinate as the impact of the fourth wave is already gripping the Capital City. Tshwane is so far the COVID-19 epicentre in Gauteng.
Most COVID-19 related hospital admissions and deaths are recorded in Tshwane so far, raising concern of a devastating impact when the peak of the fourth wave grips Gauteng.
Most people vaccinated in Tshwane are between the ages 40 and 49, followed by 30-39 years old.
So far just over 29% of the Tshwane population is fully vaccinated. This is predominately due to the low vaccination rate among the youth.
With the new variant spreading rapidly due to its high transmissibility, Tshwane is already dealing with a surge in hospital admissions that drastically increased in the last week.
On Friday, the Minister of Health Dr Joe Phaahla convened a virtual media briefing on government efforts in the fight against COVID-19 and the national vaccination rollout programme: