Government has encouraged citizens in their 50s to register for the Covid-19 vaccine on the Electronic Vaccination Data System (EVDS).
People in this age group can register using the following link: https://vaccine.enroll.health.gov.za or on WhatsApp by dialing 0600 123 456.
Vaccines for this age group are set to be administered from 15 July, and government hopes to secure enough registrations by then.
The vaccine rollout has hit some bumps along the way, but Cabinet is confident that more people will be vaccinated going forward.
By 30 June, over 3 million people had been vaccinated in South Africa. This includes healthcare workers, senior citizens, and teachers.
“The dates for vaccination of employees in the frontline of productive economic sectors such as mines, retail workers, and others will be announced by the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Vaccines that is chaired by the Deputy President,” said the Cabinet Executive.
Cabinet is also confident that the recent level 4 lockdown restrictions will allow government to respond better to the surge in infections.
The country moved to alert level 4 on 28 June, following the President's announcement on Sunday evening.
“The additional restrictions will be reviewed after 14 days and took care to minimise the impact on economic activity as part of the continued balancing of the need to save both lives and livelihoods.” said Cabinet.
As of 1 July, the total number of new Covid-19 infections stands at 21 584, with 382 daily deaths.
The Delta variant has been identified as the cause for the sudden spike in cases, as the variant is more transmissible than previous variants that hit South Africa.
Cabinet has called for the public to limit movement in an effort to stop the spread of the virus.
“This requires vigilance in our day-to-day interactions because many people who are infected with COVID-19 do not show any symptoms.” said Cabinet.