The Eastern Cape Department of health has reached an important milestone in Covid-19 vaccination by having 1million of its population fully vaccinated.

By Thursday 16th September 2021, a total of ‪1 002 813‬ people had been fully vaccinated around the province, with the 60-year olds and above accounting for the bigger percentage, currently standing at 62%  having been vaccinated.

The milestone contributes towards attaining the herd immunity of the province of inoculating 4,5 million population by end March 2022. Of the vaccinated population, about 43 385 health workers have received their jabs. 

Thus far, the department has administered a cumulative ‪1 929 675‬ jabs around the province, with ‪1 362 708‬ individuals having received either a single dose of Johnson and Johnson or both jabs of the Pfizer vaccine.

The province continues to make strides towards reaching a broader community of the province by implementing intensive vaccination campaigns. 

The community-based vaccination programme with pop up vaccination sites in shopping malls, SASSA pay points, mobile points, community halls and churches ensures that services are taken closer to communities. This is particularly important in a rural province like the EasternCape, with many communities living in far flung areas of the province.

There has been a targeted strategy to strengthen rural registrations and vaccinations around the province.

The department has also focussed on increasing our capability to provide vaccinations by increasing the number of accredited sites that provide the vaccination service. Majority of the sites are Primary Care facilities, which again means our services are closer to where people live and work. We strive to make our services  convenient to access.

Our vaccination drive has also been boosted by the arrival of Transnet Vaccine Train Transvaco that will travel to communities along the rail corridor in order to expand the reach of government’s vaccine programme. 

Transvaco will be stationed in Gqeberha until the 24th September 2021 and moves to East London with Komani expected to be the last stop in December.

MEC Nomakhosazana Meth has 

expressed words of appreciation to the Eastern Cape community for responding positively towards Covid-19 vaccination drive and calls on those eligible for vaccination to come forward to receive the life saving jab.

“This is a big achievement for the province, but as the department, we still have a responsibility to encourage those eligible  to come forward for vaccination”. Meth said

Meth further showed gratitude to health personnel for the commitment and dedication they displayed in the fight against Covid-19 and the implementation of the vaccine rollout in the province.

” We are grateful for our devoted healthworkers, for your courage, persistence, and dedication. We want you to know that your sacrifices mean a great deal to the province. We truly are thankful for you and sending you love and positivity”.she added 

Currently, the province has more than eight thousand active Covid-19 cases, with more than fourteen thousand people having succumbed to the virus since March 2020. 

People are encouraged to continue to adhere to Covid-19 protocols by wearing masks, observing social distancing and washing your hands with water and soap. It is also important to ensure you have good ventilation when driving in vehicles and when indoors, with windows and doors open to allow fresh air to circulate.

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