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Committee to assess readiness of NC to roll out Phase 2 of vaccination programme

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Phase 2 of the Covid-19 vaccination programme will include the elderly and persons with comorbidities.

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THE PORTFOLIO committee on health will visit public health facilities in the Northern Cape to assess the state of readiness of the roll-out of Phase 2 of the Covid-19 vaccination programme to include the elderly and persons with comorbidities in the Province as from May 17.

The chairperson of the portfolio committee on health, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo, said they would visit Seoding Clinic in Kuruman and the medical depot in Kimberley on Friday.

He said the committee would inspect whether vaccines were properly and securely stored and if facilities were adhering to the proper disposal of vaccine vials.

“Also important is to assess the transportation plans for the vaccines especially to rural areas in a vast province such as the Northern Cape. It is important that we do this assessment, particularly with the anticipated start of Phase 2 of the vaccination roll-out.”

Dhlomo added that the committee was committed to strengthening its oversight over the department as it implements measures to fight the spread of Covid-19.

“The committee is cognisant that the fight against the spread of Covid-19 will only be intensified by the effective roll-out of vaccines that will eventually ensure herd immunity. Also, the availability of a clear roll-out plan of up to a point of vaccination, and also taking into consideration of different provincial permutations, is necessary. These visits will ensure that those plans are in place and Phase 2 is ready for roll-out.”