The Western Cape’s health department says twenty-five percent of the eligible population in the province have already received their COVID-19 vaccine doses however, vaccine hesitancy is the biggest challenge in the province.
According to the health department, data indicates that citizens in older age groups are likely to contract severe infections and have a higher chance of being hospitalized with COVID-19 complications, News 24
Western Cape Premier Alan Winde says during the third wave, those aged 50 years and older accounted for 68% of admissions and 87% of deaths respectively.
Winde says this, however, confirms that these residents remain one of the most vulnerable groups to suffer severe illness and death, and will continue to be those who require the most support from the healthcare system.
” That is precisely why it remains essential that those in the 50+ age group get vaccinated, and as soon as possible. Please do not wait for your second SMS. Please walk in as soon as possible to get the first dose of your COVID-19 vaccine.,” Winde said.
Meanwhile, more than 528 000 people have already been fully vaccinated as 1 393 818 vaccines had been administered across the province, as of Wednesday, August 11.
The province also reported 40 274 active COVID-19 infections, 439 696 confirmed cases, and 382 970 recoveries.