As of Wednesday, October 20, 2021, minors around South Africa paid a visit to Covid-19 vaccine sites around the country in order to receive a potentially life-saving Covid-19 jab.
On the first day on which children between the ages of 12 and 17 years old could receive a Covid-19 vaccine, a total of 6 843 chose to get a jab. This number is expected to rise over the weekend as children will be off from school.
The Department of Health also confirmed that more than 30 000 children in the 12 to 17 year old cohort registered on the Electronic Vaccination Data System (EVDS) to get a jab.
Gauteng saw 15 573 children register for the jab, with the province accounting for the highest number of registrations. Gauteng was followed by the Western Cape, where 10 589 children registered and KwaZulu Natal where 2397 children registered. The Northern Cape had the lowest number of registrations with 479.
One child that got the vaccine on the first day explained that she got the vaccine to protect everyone around her. She called on all people living in South Africa to get vaccinated to save the country.
All children will receive one dose of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine, as the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, has not yet been approved for use in children.
The Department of Health is aiming to vaccinate around 6 million children before the start of the end of year school holidays.