Over half a million young people between the ages of 18 and 34 in South Africa have registered to vaccinate against COVID-19 on the first day of vaccination registration for the particular age group.

Speaking during an oversight visit to a vaccination site in Cape Town, Health Minister Dr Joe Phaahla says he is encouraged by these numbers.

He says government is working hard to counter misinformation around vaccines, their safety and their efficacy.

“The last figure which I got was approaching 550 000, so in terms of registrations, and in terms of actual vaccinations, already upwards of 500 000, in fact, we have passed 5550 000. Now we are at 552 0000 vaccinations. We are approaching 200 000 vaccines for young people.” says Health Minister Dr Joe Phaahla.

Many Gauteng residents over the age of 18 are flocking to vaccination sites across the province to get their COVID-19 vaccines. This is after government announced that those aged between 18 and 34 will be allowed to get vaccinated from Friday.

Gauteng residents aged 18, above flock to vaccination sites

 

The vaccination of this age group was only supposed to start on the first of next month. However, the Department of Health said on Wednesday that there were enough vaccines in the country to move the date forward.

South Africans aged between 18 and 34, have welcomed government’s decision to open the COVID-19 vaccinations for their age group – earlier than planned.

COVID-19 vaccinations opened for 18-year-old and older from Friday: