KZN will start getting COVID-19 vaccinations in two weeks’ time

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Healthcare workers in KwaZulu-Natal will start getting COVID-19 vaccinations in two weeks’ time. The national government is expected to send the province’s share of the AstraZeneca vaccine on the 14th of February. This was announced by Premier Sihle Zikalala at a media briefing in Durban.

Doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers are set to get the first dose of the vaccine.

Over 160 000 healthcare workers, both in the public and private sector and traditional healers, are eligible to be vaccinated in the first phase.

Zikalala says the provincial government has set up a vaccine coordinating committee that will oversee the implementation of the vaccination plan.

“As KZN, we have developed our own vaccination plan based on guidelines set by the World Health Organisation and the national Department of Health. The province has established a vaccine coordination committee which includes private sector hospitals, traditional leaders, health systems trust, organised labour, NGOs, the academic sector, the National Laboratory Health Services, civil society and the South African Military Services among others. All our districts have finalised vaccination distribution plans.”

KZN Premier gives details on the province’s vaccine roll-out plan

The provincial government says it has enough capacity and resources for the storage and the roll-out of the vaccination programme.

Health MEC Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu says they have trained 2 000 nurses to compliment the nurses who normally administer vaccinations in hospitals and clinics.

“They will then be distributed directly to the provinces and to the districts. There will be vaccines that are going to be held in our provincial depot. Each and every district is also going to have its own centre, these centres are not new. Our health workers that were trained to vaccinate our young people are the ones going to continue to vaccinate ourselves and other health workers. As a province, we had to add to the number of people who are going to be responsible for vaccinating over the above nurses that are conducting that responsibility currently.”

Zikalala announced a decline in the number of new infections in the province. He says the eThekwini metro still has the highest number of new infections, followed by the King Cetshwayo district around Richards Bay.