The Western Cape Government says the number of  COVID-19 vaccination sites in the province will increase to 53 from Monday, with more to come.

This is part of their scale-up approach to bring more sites online regularly, as the number of vaccinations administered daily is increased significantly. The Department of Health will activate 23 more public vaccination sites, bringing the total of public vaccination sites to 42. The private sector will have 11 sites operational as of Monday, with Mediclinic bringing online four additional sites.

Outreach to old age homes will continue in the City of Cape Town and commence with old age homes in municipalities outside of the metro. The first six public vaccination sites in rural districts will also open on Monday.

Number of vaccines in phase two rollout

The Health Ministry says over 161 000 people have been given vaccines so far in phase two of the coronavirus vaccination campaign.

Phase two focuses on people over the age of 60. They are getting the Pfizer vaccine, which involves a second vaccination at a later date.

The Health Ministry says in a statement that another 151 people died from COVID 19 in the latest reporting period – taking the overall death toll to 55  719. The Ministry says another 3 332 people have tested positive for the coronavirus – and the overall number of positive tests now stands at more than 1 628 000.

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