Knysna-Plett Herald

More local vaccinatio­n sites available

- Blake Linder

REGIONAL - Over and above the vaccinatio­n sites set up by the Department of Health (DoH), there are four additional sites available to the public in Knysna and Bitou, run by private institutio­ns.

The vaccinatio­n effort, province- and countrywid­e, has slowly but surely gained momentum since it got underway in March this year. Throughout South Africa a total of 9 557 542 vaccines had been administer­ed as on Monday 16 August, with just shy of 1,5 million in the Western Cape (1 495 010). In the Garden Route the drive has also powered ahead, reaching a total of 144 386 vaccines administer­ed up until that date. None of this would of course be possible without the vaccinatio­n sites where people can actually go and receive their jabs. The vaccinatio­n roll-out started with only a handful of sites in non-metro areas of the Western Cape such as Knysna and Bitou, but with time, more and more sites were added. When it comes to public health facilities that are run and overseen by the Western Cape Department of Health (DoH), there is a total of nine sites in Knysna and Bitou that run week in and week out.

In Knysna the two sites that are generally open every weekday (Monday to Friday) are the Knysna Town Hall and the Knysna Community Day Centre (CDC). In addition, the Sedgefield Clinic as well as the Karatara and Keurhoek satellite clinics do vaccinatio­ns on specific weekdays. In Bitou there are four public health vaccinatio­n sites available - Kwanokuthu­la CDC and Plettenber­g Bay Town Clinic are open most days each week, with the Kranshoek and Crags clinics receiving specific days each week.

On the days that they operate, these sites begin administer­ing vaccines from 09:00 and are open to anybody who has registered on the government's EVDS system. Preference is however given to those who have received appointmen­t SMSs and further priority is given based on age and whether or not someone is receiving their first or second dose of the Pfizer vaccine. You can find the vaccinatio­n schedule for the week online at www.knysnaplet­therald.com. Outside the realm of the DoH sites, private institutio­ns such as Clicks and Dis-Chem as well as Life Private Hospital Knysna are also running their own sites for the public. Dis-Chem operates its vaccinatio­n site from the first floor of Knysna Mall, above

L'Opera, every weekday between 08:00 and 16:00. Clicks runs its sites out of their stores in Woodmill Lane in Knysna and at Market Square in Plettenber­g Bay.

In Knysna the site is open every weekday between 08:00 and 14:00 for appointmen­ts only, and between 14:00 and 17:00 for appointmen­ts and walk-ins. At Market Square the site is open every weekday between 08:00 and 17:00 for both walk-ins and appointmen­ts.

Meanwhile, Life Private Hospital Knysna is running its site from the Premier Resort Hotel The Moorings on George Rex Drive. Its vaccinatio­n site is open on weekdays from 08:30 to 15:00 to both appointmen­ts and walk-ins, with the former taking preference. It should be noted that at all sites, both public and private, the times are dependent on vaccine availabili­ty. Further, if you arrive at a site and have not registered, you will be assisted to do so.

 ?? Photo: Blake Linder ?? The Knysna CDC in White Location is one of the vaccinatio­n sites.
Photo: Blake Linder The Knysna CDC in White Location is one of the vaccinatio­n sites.

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