The Eastern Cape Health Department says the vaccination rollout for senior citizens in the province is progressing well.

Departmental spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo says since Monday, 4 700 elderly people have been vaccinated.

The department says it is also going out to communities to assist the elderly with manual and electronic registrations.

Kupelo says, “The vaccination campaign in the Eastern Cape is going smoothly and the department is very pleased with the processes. There are no glitches that are being experienced…”

“Up to now since we started on Monday we have already vaccinated a total of 4700 people, we are continuing with the process and expecting additional vaccines by the end of this week. We have established vaccination sites but we also wish to urge elderly people who may receive SMS to direct them to stations that may be far from their residential areas, to rather go to nearest vaccination sites,” adds Kupelo.

Vaccination of the elderly gets off to a slow start:

Eastern Cape Health MEC, Nomakhosazana Meth, says the number of elderly people registered to be vaccinated has risen exponentially.

According to the MEC, the number has risen to more than 174 000, which is 14 000 more than the number that was initially announced by the department.

The MEC says their target is to vaccinate as many as 19 000 people this week as they are awaiting the arrival of more doses.

The country is facing growing coronavirus cases amidst a looming third wave. Only Gauteng has declared the third wave of infections in South Africa so far.