The National Department of Health seems to be making strides in the country’s vaccination drive: Acting Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane has announced that people aged between 35 and 49 can start registering to receive their COVID-19 vaccines from Thursday, 15 July 2021.

They will begin administering the jabs on 1 August.

Kubayi-Ngubane gave an update on the country’s current vaccination drive on Friday morning, 9 July 2021.

“We are ramping up our vaccination programme so we can reach the majority of the population so that more people are protected from this devastating virus,” she said.

As of now – employees in the policing, education and healthcare sectors are receiving the vaccine. While the elderly and adults aged between 50 and 59 years old are also being administered the jab. So far, more than 4 million people have received at least one shot of the vaccine.

“As we are opening the new age groups, we are receiving a number of requests with people are asking us to prioritize a certain sector,” Kubayi-Ngubane said.

Kubayi-Ngubane further said they would begin with weekend vaccinations, after meeting with National Treasury for more funding.

“We will continue to approach the vaccine rollout according to age sectors, but we are reviewing this. We do believe that the age process continues to be the best. It will continue to allow us to reach more, South Africans”

Acting Health Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane

Daily vaccination rate to increase in a week

Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane also said the department was encouraged by the increase in COVID-19 vaccinations per day, surpassing 199 000.

However, Kubayi-Ngubane said they were confident they would be able to breach 250 000 vaccinations per day by the end of next week.

“This is one of the milestones we have reached, but we know that many people are saying it’s not enough in comparison with the rest of the population. And despite these trials, the Inter-Ministerial Committee of Vaccine still expects us to achieve more and addressed as yesterday on how to improve and ramp up the vaccine program,” Kubayi-Ngubane said.

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Presh JM Reporter

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