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More vaccines arrive as Covid figures continue to rise in Province

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The Northern Cape Department of Health said it had received additional Pfizer vaccines over the weekend that will be distributed to seven vaccination sites today

File image. Picture: Christof STACHE / AFP)

THE NORTHERN Cape Department of Health said it had received additional Pfizer vaccines over the weekend that will be distributed to seven vaccination sites today.

Spokesperson for the Department of Health Lebogang Majaha said that the Province received 11 trays of the Pfizer vaccine consisting of 12,870 doses.

“Each tray contains 1,170 doses that will be supplied throughout the districts.”

He said 1,170 doses would be provided at the Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe vaccination site at Harmony Home while a further 1,170 doses would be allocated to Galeshewe Day hospital vaccination site.

“Another 1,170 doses will be given to the Kuruman hospital vaccination site while the Upington clinic site will receive 1,170 doses.

“The De Aar hospital vaccination drive will officially start operating from today where 1,170 doses have been allocated.

“The vaccination sites at Abraham Esau Hospital in Calvinia and Dr Van Niekerk Hospital in Springbok will each receive 1,170 Pfizer doses.”

Majaha added that 9,640 health care workers had been vaccinated in phase one while 7,336 people had been part of the vaccination rollout on May 17 during phase two.

“The total number of individuals vaccinated in phase 1 (healthcare workers – Sisonke programme) and the ongoing phase 2, stands at 16,976.”

He stated that those who were inoculated with the Pfizer vaccine would receive their second jab after six weeks.

Majaha indicated that there were 28,881 people over the age of 60 years who were registered on the electronic vaccine data system (EVDS) out of the provincial target of 133,000.

“The department is scaling-up registration of people over 60s, visiting health facilities and also through old age homes across the province.

“The significant increase of people registered on the EVDS, comes after the Covid-19 risk communication and community engagement teams conducted the province-wide vaccine awareness and education drive to communities. The aim of the campaign was to reduce vaccine hesitancy that can arise from misapprehensions around vaccine safety and efficacy, as well as rumours, myths, conspiracies, and misconceptions in communities.”

He explained that registration was free of charge and could be done:

1. online at www.vaccine.enroll.gov.za

2. using the whatsapp line 0600 123456

3. by sms- dial *134*832#

4. call the COVID-19 hotline 0800 029 999

5. You can use the new QR- simply scan and follow the prompts. The QR code will be published widely and can be found on SAcoronavirus website (https://sacoronavirus.co.za) or the National Department of Health website (http://www.health.gov.za).

The Minister of Health announced an additional 428 people testing positive for COVID-19 in the Northern Cape in the past 16 hours bringing the total number of infections to 52,832 people.

The Frances Baard district recorded the highest Covid-19 infections at 224, followed by 68 cases in the Pixley ka Seme district, 62 in ZF Mgcawu, 51 in the John Taolo Gaetsewe district and 16 in Namakwa.

There were 15 new Covid-19 related deaths in the John Taolo Gaetsewe (14) and one in the ZF Mgcawu district bringing the total number of deaths to 1,162.

The number of total active cases currently stand at 9,247.

There were 107 people reported to have recovered from the disease.