The Western Cape Health Department has reportedly said it plans to vaccinate up to 30 000 people a day when phase two of the COVID-19 inoculation programme kicks off.
This comes as the provincial department confirmed on Monday that preparations for phase two of the vaccine programme are well under way, according to EWN.
“It does depend on the commercial stock coming online, obviously from the National Department of Health but when we do get to that point in the Western Cape… we hope to vaccinate at least between 20 000, 30 000 people per day,” the provincial health department was quoted as saying.
Authorities hope that phase two will start at the end of April.
The first vaccine was administered in the province on February 19.
The latest batch of at least 66 000 more doses of the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine arrived in the country from Europe over the weekend, IOL reported.
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize revealed on Friday last week that more than 180 000 frontline workers in South Africa have been vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Healthcare workers queue outside a vaccination station in Athlone, Cape Town. @DrZweliMkhize announced that more than 180 000 frontline workers has been #vaccinated in the country a few days ago. @TimesLIVE @COVID_19_ZA @WCHealthMEC @HealthZA @WHO #VaccineRolloutSA #covid19SA pic.twitter.com/RS8iARBAYt
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Latest statistics reveal that the country recorded 599 more COVID-19 infections as of March 22, which put the total number of active cases to 1 538 451, a News24 report said on Tuesday.
Gauteng remains the most affected province, with 411 601 cases, followed by KwaZulu Natal with 333 021. The Western Cape has 281 307 cases, while the Eastern Cape has recorded 194 894 cases so far.