Mpumalanga Health MEC Sasekani Manzini has commended healthcare workers for assisting with the registration of the elderly in areas where there are network problems.

Government started the second phase of its vaccine rollout programme on May 17.

It is focussing on people who are 60 and above as well as healthcare workers who were not vaccinated in the first phase.

Manzini has appealed to all those who are eligible to get vaccinated.

“As a province, we are continuing with our Phase Two vaccination program. So far we are seeing an increase in terms of those registering. We can indicate that as a province we manage so far to get more than 52 000 doses. So far we are seeing an increase in the number of registration by senior citizens who are more than 82 000 but we still need to register more,” explains Manzini.

Africa CDC confident SA will be able to speed up the vaccine rollout:

Meanwhile, a vaccination drive-thru has been set up in Ekurhuleni in a bid to fast-track the country’s second phase of vaccination.

Apart from a few teething problems, it is targetting between 100 to 200 vaccines per day.

This comes as the number of new COVID-19 infections continues to rise.

The positivity rate has surpassed 10 percent.

A COVID-19 vaccination drive-thru setup in Ekurhuleni: