South Africa is picking up the pace when coming to administering the COVID-19 vaccines. President Cyril Ramaphosa has said that 960 000 people have received their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine – and that these numbers will continue picking up in a few days, as they continue jabbing the elderly.

Ramaphosa addressed the nation on Sunday evening, 30 May 2021, during which he announced that the country would be moving to Alert Level 2 of the Lockdown.

“Over the last two weeks, over 480,000 people have received the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine as part of the public vaccination campaign. Because the Pfizer vaccine requires two doses to provide maximum immunity, these people will need to have second dose 42 days after their first dose,” he said.

“In total, over 960,000 people in South Africa have received one vaccine dose. Within the next few days, we will have administered vaccine doses to more than one million of the most vulnerable South Africans”

President Cyril Ramaphosa

Phase 2 of the vaccination roll-out got underway several weeks ago, targeting the elderly – something which President Cyril Ramaphosa has described as being heartwarming to witness.

Ramaphosa said the positive experiences of the rollout so far reflect both the dedication and professionalism of the country’s healthcare workers, and the intense preparation that has gone into ensuring its success.

So far, more than three million people have registered on the Electronic Vaccine Data System.

Ramaphosa admits to difficulties in vaccine roll-out

It’s no secret that the COVID-19 roll-out has had a few bumps along the road, but President Cyril Ramaphosa has assured South Africans that they’re working on addressing them

Since this is the first time this system is being used, it is understandable that there have been some initial problems, which have inconvenienced people and sometimes caused delays,” Ramaphosa said.

“Fortunately, these have been attended to quickly and the system is being continually adapted and strengthened as the rollout proceeds. There are other challenges we are working to address”

Ramaphosa added that the elderly continue having problems registering on the Electronic Vaccine Data System, mainly due to lack of access to the resources, like internet and computers.

“We are working to get around these problems, and a huge drive to support the elderly to register is underway,” he said.

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Presh JM Reporter

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