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Mediclinic Gariep set to administer Pfizer vaccines

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10 Mediclinic hospitals across the country have been designated as Covid-19 vaccination centres

Mediclinic Gariep in Kimberley has been declared a Covid-19 vaccination centre which will administer the Pfizer vaccine. File image. Picture: Christof STACHE / AFP)

MEDICLINIC Gariep in Kimberley has been declared a Covid-19 vaccination centre.

The spokesperson for Mediclinic in Kimberley, Denise Coetzee, said that 10 Mediclinic hospitals across the country, including MediClinic Gariep, have been designated as Covid-19 vaccination sites for the Pfizer vaccine roll-out.

The 10 hospitals are: Mediclinic Morningside, Mediclinic Medforum, Mediclinic Bloemfontein, Mediclinic Pietermaritzburg, Mediclinic Geneva (in George), Mediclinic Gariep (in Kimberley), Mediclinic Cape Gate, Mediclinic Vergelegen, Mediclinic Milnerton and Mediclinic Panorama.

Coetzee said, however, that they will only begin with operations next month due to a delay in the delivery of vaccines.

“While our intention was to begin operations early this week, we experienced an unforeseen delay in the delivery of the vaccine to these facilities. Mediclinic Gariep will begin operations of our vaccination centre as soon as we receive a vaccine delivery. We expect to receive the vaccines by June 3, 2021. The roll-out is only for senior citizens over the age of 60,” said Coetzee.

She urged patients to first register on the government’s Electronic Vaccination Data System before heading to vaccination sites.

“The vaccination site will operate from Monday until Friday from 8am until 5pm. No walk-ins will be allowed. Vaccines will be administered strictly via appointment.

Coetzee said patients can use various platforms to register for vaccination. “Patients can register online at vaccine.enroll.gov.za. They can also send a WhatsApp to 0600 123456, send an SMS to *134*832# or even call the Covid-19 hotline at 0800 029 999.

“Mediclinic is proud to play a part in the public phase of the roll-out as well as completing the vaccination of our own health care workers,” Coetzee concluded.