Shot in the arm: Eastern Cape residents can get Covid-19 jab at Boxer, Rhino Cash and Carry stores

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  • The Eastern Cape health department, business, NGOs, among others, partnered to introduce pop up vaccination sites at supermarkets and post offices.
  • The province has extended its deadline to complete the vaccination of 4.5 million people.
  • There are 7 509 active Covid-19 cases in the Eastern Cape and 12 890 people have died from the virus in the province.

If you are in the Eastern Cape, you can now get vaccinated at Rhino Cash and Carry, Boxer superstores, or at the post office.

This was made possible through a partnership by the Eastern Cape health department with businesses, state entities, and NGOS to ensure vaccines reached a broader Eastern Cape community.

Clicks, the National Health Laboratory Service, SA Social Security Agency and at the NGO Right to Care offices would also hot pop-up vaccination sites, the provincial health department announced on Wednesday.

The province currently had more than 7000 active Covid-19 cases, with more than 12 000 people having succumbed to the virus since March 2020.

READ | People in rural Eastern Cape who are older than 60 are struggling to register for vaccines

While the vaccine was regarded as the best way to combat Covid-19, the department encouraged the public to continue to adhere to Covid-19 protocols by wearing masks, observing social distancing, and washing hands with clean water and soap.

The Eastern Cape health department said it had now vaccinated a million people in the province.

Health MEC Nomakhosazana Meth said this was a big step towards the province's goal of inoculating 4.5 million people to achieve so-called herd immunity.

The province had now pushed back its deadline to inoculate 4.5 million to March 2022, from its original end of 2021 target.

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As of 1 August 2021, the department started inoculating people between 35 and 49-years-old, with the 18-34 years encouraged to register as they will be vaccinated from 1 September 2021.

Meth expressed gratitude and further encouraged more people to come forward for vaccination.

This is an achievement I must say, but we still have a long way to go as the department and I wish to call upon those who are eligible for vaccination to come forward to receive the lifesaving jab.

The MEC further acknowledged and applauded the work of frontline health workers.

READ | More than 90 vaccinated Eastern Cape health workers have tested positive for Covid-19 since February

 "I wish to send a word of gratitude and appreciation to our frontline health workers who, since the start of Covid-19, have been committed to saving the lives of the people of the province; even now they continue saving lives through administering [the] Covid-19 vaccine," Meth added.  

Accumulative number of conformed cases stand at 231 119 with 210 720 recoveries.

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