Hospital expecting an influx of people to visit its vaccination site once those over the age of 18 years become eligible.
MEDICLINIC Gariep Hospital is expecting to vaccinate its 10,000th person by Thursday since it started operating as a Covid-19 vaccination centre about six weeks ago.
Mediclinic Gariep patient experience manager Denise Coetzee said on Wednesday that they expected an influx of people to visit the site once those over the age of 18 years become eligible to be vaccinated.
“We have an adequate supply of Pfizer vaccines and have never run out of stock. On-site registration is also available,” said Coetzee.
She added that the number of vaccinated patients requiring hospitalisation were minimal, while their symptoms were not as severe as those who had not been immunised against Covid-19.
“We have not had any reports of any deaths or severe symptoms following vaccination.”
Mediclinic Southern Africa chief clinical officer Dr Gerrit de Villiers added that the vaccination centre was open from Monday to Friday, from 7.30am until 4pm.
“We accept appointments and walk-ins. Priority is given to those registered on the electronic vaccination data system (EVDS). Walk-ins will be accepted where EVDS vaccination appointments have not been met,” said De Villiers.
“As this pandemic continues to progress throughout South Africa, Mediclinic strongly emphasises the need for the public to protect their own health and the health of others by being vaccinated against Covid-19. Once you are eligible, register yourself for the vaccination and then get vaccinated.
“Vaccination protects against becoming severely ill from the virus, as well as reducing the risk of death.”