Western Cape Province has opened the CTICC Vaccination Centre of Hope, a new Mega Vaccine site at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC).
Premier Alan Winde explained that their goal with the new vaccination site is to vaccine the highest number of people in the African continent.
The target of this vaccine site is 4 000 people per day. They are confident that with a sufficient supply of vaccines their goal is achievable.
The site will have 50 vaccination stations. People are asked to register before visiting the site for vaccination, this is to easily manage the vaccination process. But even those who haven’t registered will still be assisted, as no eligible person will be turned away.
Eligible people who registered for the vaccine and are still waiting for the confirmation SMS are advised to go to vaccination sites as walk-in participants.
The department has also introduced a system to monitor vaccination hesitancy and to encourage more people to register for the vaccine.
When asked if this would be attainable, the Premier replied, “Absolutely. We have medium size vaccination site that have already been opened and can deal with about 1400 people a day”.
He mentioned that the mega site vaccinated approximately 700 people on its first day of operation.
Western Cape Head of Health Keith Cloete said, “undertaking from the National Department of Health, there has been a steady increase in the Pfizer vaccine. So, our doses have increased”. He indicated that the increase enabled them to increase the vaccine rollout.
He mentioned that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine that has started being imported into South Africa is currently being used for educators. The next category to receive this vaccine will be police officers and other essential workers.
Constant supply of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will allow them to add it to their rollout programme at the mega vaccination site.
CTICC Vaccination Centre of Hope will be charged R15-million for utilizing CTICC facilities over the next 6 months.
The costs will be covered by the local government, the Discovery Group, and half of the 250 strong staff complement.
“It’s an exciting partnership where government and the private sector come together in a facility that is a world-class facility”, said the Premier.
Officials addressed the importance of sites as this, as an objective to speed up the vaccination process. Key partners and officials had a virtual walkthrough to familiarize themselves with the mega site and its operations.
The Premier further stated that Discovery Group will be actively involved more on the administration side, while the local government team up with the CTICC to oversee the facilitation process.
He mentioned that there has been bending of responsibilities amongst the partners over the past few weeks, where teamwork was proven.
“What a site like this does is that it enables the Electronic Vaccination Data System (EVDS) to schedule more appointments. And then it shortens the time that people have to wait at other places”, said Cloete.
Currently, this mega vaccination centre is the largest in the Western Cape province. The local government intends to open a bigger vaccination centre at Athlone Stadium in the coming weeks.
“It is amazing to see how businesses have come together with the government to help the people of the country, even if it’s with something to eat”. - Premier Alan Winde