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Vaccination Rollout Plan Under the Spotlight

April 21, 2021

Department of Health

The health department plans to vaccinate 46,2 million South Africans by the end of March 2022.

In a statement, the department confirmed that this target depends on South Africa receiving the vaccines as committed to by the manufacturers.

According to the health minister, Dr. Zwelini Mkhize, the total excludes the 500 000 that will be vaccinated under the Sisonke Protocol.

The minister added that the department is hopeful that COVAX will be able to deliver 1,2 million doses this quarter.

South Africa has secured over 31 million Johnson and Johnson vaccines while Pfizer is set to deliver 30 million doses.

As of yesterday, 343 420 senior citizens had already registered on the Electronic Vaccination Data System.

The minister referred to the mass vaccination campaign, due to begin on 17 May 2021, as representing “hope for our nation after the social, economic and psychological carnage left by COVID-19”.

The minister has been on a “nationwide tour to assess the readiness of provinces to rollout the vaccines at the anticipated rate that will be required to achieve population immunity by the first quarter in 2022”.

He declared that Gauteng, Eastern Cape and Western Cape “understand the requirements and have the inclination to rise to the occasion”.