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SA Vaccine Rollout Reaches 9 Million

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South Africa has been rolling out the Covid-19 vaccine for 6 months and millions have been vaccinated to date. 

The latest data shows that South Africa has administered a total of 9 million vaccines since the start of the rollout. 

According to the Department of Health, a total of 123 522 Pfizer vaccines and 51 573 Johnson and Johnson vaccines were administered on Wednesday 11 August.

The total number of vaccines administered in each province are as follows:

  • Gauteng - 2 225 017
  • KwaZulu-Natal - 1 679 346
  • Western Cape - 1 393 818
  • Eastern Cape - 1 158 562
  • Limpopo - 988 745
  • Free State - 485 994
  • Mpumalanga - 429 632
  • North West - 467 656
  • Northern Cape - 173 282.

While government has been making progress with the vaccine rollout, the number of Covid-19 cases has continued to increase.

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) revealed the latest data released on Wednesday.

“The total number of cases today (7 502) is higher than yesterday (6 590) and lower than the average number of new cases per day over the seven preceding days (10 098). The seven-day moving average daily number of cases has decreased,” 

“This increase represents an 18.9% positivity rate. As per the National Department of Health, a further 573 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 75,774 to date,” the NICD said.

The vaccine rollout started with healthcare workers who were vaccinated under the Sisonke programme in February. Government has since expanded its reach by allowing people in different age groups to be vaccinated. 

The most recent age group added to the vaccine rollout includes people between the ages of 35-49. The rollout will soon include people in the 18-34 year age group, as vaccinations will begin from 1 September. 

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