The Western Cape Health Department says the official launch of the Athlone Stadium mass vaccination site on Tuesday is key in ensuring equity in access to vaccination.

In a statement on Monday, the provincial government said it launched the walk-in section of the mass site, which will be followed by the launch of the drive-through component of the site in two weeks’ time.

“Though the drive-through site will only be operational at the end of August, once operational, the site will be able to vaccinate almost 4000 people per day between the two service options. Though we continue to prioritise the over 60’s for their first and second dose, as we open up the last cohort (18–34-year-olds) we anticipate there will be a great demand to utilize this vaccination site by the younger age brackets” says the Western Cape’s Head of Health, Dr Keith Cloete.

The Western Cape has the highest number of new coronavirus cases at 2 119.

This as the country reports 7 983 new coronavirus infections in the last 24-hour cycle.

This brings the total number of cases to 2 613 569, while 299  more people have succumbed to COVID-19 related complications.

This puts the death toll at  77 440.

In the video below, report on the mass vaccination site at the Athlone Stadium: