Vaccination drive still powering on
REGIONAL - The vaccination drive continues to power on at local, district, and provincial level with more and more people registering and receiving their vaccines each week.
The Western Cape's vaccination has been ongoing for months, but continues to pick up new momentum each week. Up to Tuesday 7 September the Western Cape had seen a total of 1 878 147 people registered to receive their Covid-19 vaccine. The 35 to 49 age group carries the bulk of registrations with 613 959, followed by the 60+ group with 492 678.
This is followed by the 18 to 34 group which has seen 423 554 registrations, with the 50 to 59 age group trailing behind on 347 956.
Meanwhile, in the Garden Route, on Tuesday there had been a total of 175 049 vaccine registrations, an increase of 7,72% (12 558) from last Monday.
The 60+ age group stands on 62 809 registrations, the 50 to 59 group on 34 346, the 35 to 49 age group has 50 421 registrations, and the 18 to 34 age group has seen 27 473 registrations.
When it comes to actual vaccines administered, last week the Western Cape Department of Health once again managed to administer more than 200 000 vaccines to the citizens of the province.
They also opened the very first drivethrough vaccination site in the province at the Athlone Stadium in Cape Town. Previously, when it rained, there had been lower turnout at vaccination sites, but according to the department it was evident at the drive-through that people want to be vaccinated.
They could stay in their car while being vaccinated and not feel a drop of rain. The total vaccines administered stands on 216 961 for the week between 30 August and 3 September:
■ Monday – 40 963
■ Tuesday – 43 006
■ Wednesday – 43 057
■ Thursday – 43 150
■ Friday – 46 785
As at 7 September the province had administered a total of 2 281 290 vaccines to its citizens. This is the third-most of all the provinces in the country, behind only KwaZulu-Natal (2 347 221) and Gauteng, that is leading the way in SA with 3 596 842 vaccinations administered so far.
The total number of vaccines in the Garden Route is 211 422, which means the district has contributed 9,27% of the province's administered vaccines.