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Western Cape Aims To Vaccinate 1 Million People

Wester Cape Premier Alan Winde at a vaccination site

The Western Cape is planning to step up its vaccine rollout by vaccinating more people and reaching a new target. 

The province's Health Department aims to vaccinate 1 million people this week, as the vaccination drive targets vulnerable and marginalised people in the outskirts of the province. 

Provincial Health Minister, Nomafrench Mbombo said the vaccination drive will be moving from farm to farm in an effort to reach out to as many people.

"Some of them don't have access to the correct devices so that's why we have to go out and reach out to them," she said.

The department will be using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine during its vaccination drive this week. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is administered in one dose, making it convenient for farm workers in remote areas. 

"They are seasonal workers so that's why we are using J&J here instead of the two dose Pfizer because there's no guarantee that they will be able to come for the second dose. They might not be around, they might be done with their contracts."

Another problem that the department has seen in remote areas is that many workers do not have transport to take them to vaccination sites.

This makes the one dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine ideal for people in remote areas. 

The Western Cape Province currently has 29 819 active cases with 14 661 confirmed Covid-19 deaths. The province aims to continue with the rollout to reduce the chance of infection. 

"This important objective is being achieved through the significant network of vaccination sites we have opened as the public sector, but also by working with and enabling the private sector to play an important role." said Western Cape Premier, Alan Winde. 

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