The Acting Minister in the Presidency, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni has announced that the rollout of the vaccination programme has been extended to more sites.
More than 207 808 people have already been vaccinated, with this number expected to rise over the coming weeks.
There are 3 phases in the rollout plan. Phase 1 is taking place over 3 months, from February 2021 to April 2021.
Government is aiming to vaccinate over 1.5 million healthcare workers countrywide.
Ntshavheni said the department is on track to vaccinate 608 295 registered healthcare workers by the end of phase 1.
“This phase will cover over 13 350 140 vulnerable groups, essential workers, and occupational health and safety stream, including workers in sectors that are critical for economic recovery such as mines, hospitality, the taxi industry, retail and spaza shops, fruit and vegetable vendors, media and other applicable beneficiaries,” Ntshavheni explained.
Phase 2 and phase 3 will see an even greater increase in the number of vaccination sites, as government aims to increase the number of sites to 2085.
This will include private sector sites and help improve the efficiency and speed of the vaccination roll out programme.
Phase 3 will take place over three months, from November 2021 to February 2022.
This phase will cover the remainder of all people in South Africa, including those who were not vaccinated in Phase 2.
Government aims to vaccinate 22 600 640 people by the end of phase 3.
Although government is optimistic about the rollout of the vaccine, there has been public outcry over the pace of the rollout.
However, government is confident that the plan is on the right track.