Breaking News coming out of South Africa is that registration for the COVID-19 vaccine for people aged between 35 and 49 years will begin as of 15 July 2021 with a goal to start vaccinating this cohort by 1 August.
This was announced by the acting Minister of Health, Mmamoloko Kubayi at a virtual media briefing with a panel of experts, whilst discussing the progress of government efforts in the fight against #COVID-19, including an update on the national vaccination rollout programme.
As of Thursday 8 July, a total of 4,017,442 people have been vaccinated. The vaccine distribution plan in the process of a three-phase approach beginning with the most vulnerable in the population, with the government targeting to vaccinate 67% of the population by the end of 2021.
The government’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan is as follows:
- Phase 1 will focus on frontline healthcare workers.
- Phase 2 will vaccinate essential workers, persons in congregate settings, persons over 60 years, and persons over 18 years with co-morbidities.
- Phase 3 will focus on persons older than 18 years, targeting 22,500,000 of the population.
In the last seven days, a total of 136,421 new infections were recorded with the cumulative number of #COVID19 cases identified in South Africa currently standing at 2,156,246.
To date, almost 70,000 people have died with the cumulative number of recoveries now standing at 1,862,900 with a recovery rate of 87.2%.