Covid-19: Vaccinations move past 30% in three provinces

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  • Three provinces have vaccinated more than 30% of their adult population.
  • The Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Limpopo have the highest rate of vaccination.
  • The government aims to vaccinate 70% of adults by December.

More than 30% of adults in three provinces have received at least one Covid-19 vaccine dose.

Limpopo, the Eastern Cape and the Western Cape have surpassed vaccinating 30% of their adult population.

In Limpopo, 1 125 824 (30.4%) of the adult population of 3 695 801 have received at least one vaccine shot. In the Eastern Cape, 1 292 804 (31.54%) of the 4 099 543 adults have received at least one vaccine dose. In the Western Cape, 1 747 359 (35.11%) of its adult population of 4 976 903 have received at least one jab.

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The government aims to vaccinate more than 70% of the adult population of 39 million people by December.

"Government has secured sufficient vaccines to vaccinate the entire adult population, and the supply of vaccines is no longer a constraint," President Cyril Ramaphosa said in an address to the nation on Sunday evening.

As of Sunday, more than a quarter of all adults in South Africa had received at least one vaccine dose.

The total number of vaccine doses administered in the country is 14.6 million doses, with the health department administering a million new doses every four to five days.

Seven million people were fully vaccinated, Ramaphosa said.

"We are increasing the pace of vaccination and ensuring that we reach those that are most vulnerable to serious illness. While everyone aged 18 years and older is eligible to be vaccinated, we are concentrating our efforts and resources on those over 60 years of age and those with comorbidities," he said.

As of Sunday, more than 57% of those 60 and older had been vaccinated.

"Our most urgent task is to vaccinate our population so that as many people as possible are protected from severe illness or death before any resurgence of infections. The more people get vaccinated before December, the less likely it is that we will experience a devastating fourth wave over the holiday period," Ramaphosa said.


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