Health Minister Dr Joe Phaahla has expressed confidence in government’s ability to continue securing and delivering enough COVID-19 vaccines to the population.
More than 22% of the South African adult population has now received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine – with over 11 million vaccines having been administered across the country so far.
Below is the media briefing:
Phaahla was speaking during a virtual media briefing.
“On the vaccine side of the prevention of COVID-19 and management of prevention of serious illness, I want to say that the developments look much more promising judging on three factors. One, in terms of vaccine supply, our capacity to sustain the delivery of vaccines to the population and the uptake of the vaccines,” adds Phaahla.
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Minister commends youth on vaccination drive
Phaahla, has commended the youth for their enthusiastic response to the country’s vaccination drive. Registrations for the 18 to 34 age group opened last week with more than 500 000 registering on the first day. Phaahla said the youth vaccination figures remain over 80 000 per day.
“Exactly 7 days ago, we opened up registrations and vaccinations for everybody over the age of 18. The response of our young people has been overwhelming. For the 18-34s vaccinations, we reached 81 000 on Friday, 20th. On Monday, we reached 93 000 – on the 24th, another 99 000 and 98 000 on the 25th. Yesterday, we were able to reach 89 000 and that is only for those in the category of 18-34.”