Health Minister Joe Phaahla says they have enough capacity to vaccinate between 300 000 and 400 000 people per day.
Phaahla was speaking on Friday at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital vaccination site on the country’s vaccination programme and government’s efforts in the fight against COVID-19.
Phaahla says vaccination remains a strong weapon against COVID-19. He says over 250 000 people are currently being vaccinated per day.
“So we have the capacity with the vaccinators and vaccination sites. But also thanks to the private sector. I want to assure South Africans that we are ready; all we need is your arms to come through so that we inject you. As much as we would wish for more people to come forward, we have the capacity currently with all the sites, with all the mobile sites, to do between 300 000- 400 000 vaccinations per day. It can be done,” says Phaahla.
Minister Dr Joe Phaahla with Deputy Minister Dr Sibongiseni Dlhomo, MEC of Health in GP Dr Nomathemba Mokgethi, US Charge’ de’ Affires Ms Heather Merritt and senior officials of the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital Vaccination site updating the media on #VaccineRolloutSA pic.twitter.com/hcLxbye0d0
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Health Ministry media briefing on efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic
Latest COVID-19 statistics in South Africa
South Africa has recorded 9 203 new COVID-19 cases taking total cases to 2 796 405.
A further 418 COVID-19-related deaths have also been reported, taking the country’s total fatalities since the pandemic outbreak to 82 914.