The South African vaccine rollout is moving along and the next qualifying age group should gear up for a jab.
Acting Health Minister, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, held a media briefing on Friday to give an update about the vaccine rollout.
It was during this briefing that Kubayi-Ngubane revealed that people aged between 35 and 49 years will be in the next group to be vaccinated.
Registrations for this age group will begin on 15 July, and the vaccine shots will be administered on 1 August.
The vaccine rollout started in March with the Johnson & Johnson Sisonke programme, as government aimed to vaccinate all healthcare workers in the private and public sector.
Soon after this, government started vaccinating people over the age of 60 and has since been moving to younger age groups.
Despite facing some hiccups along the way, Kubayi-Ngubane said government will continue to keep going forward with the rollout.
“We have learned lessons from when we started, and we continue to improve our systems as we work and continue moving forward,”.
“We have to make sure that the vaccine reaches all South Africans as quickly as possible. We will now pay attention to vaccinations per district, and make the research intervention, working together with provinces, to ensure that in each district in every local municipality, there is access to the vaccine,” she said.
The country now faces a third wave of Covid-19 infections, with Gauteng recording the highest number of infections.
The most recent Covid-19 statistics in the country include 22 910 new cases, representing a 34.4% positivity rate.
The swift rollout of the vaccine is expected to help the country fight the fourth wave expected to happen in October later this year.