Fri, 06 Aug 2021

  • Pfizer vaccines have been administered to almost 1.3 million people.
  • The province to have administered the most vaccines is KwaZulu-Natal.
  • Around half the five million South Africans over 60 have registered for a vaccine.

Almost 1.3 million people have received a vaccine dose under the national Department of Health's Phase 2 of the vaccination rollout.

The department confirmed that, as of 23:59 on Saturday, 1 293 649 Pfizer doses had been administered under Phase 2. This brings the total number of vaccinations, including those issued under the Sisonke project, to 1 773 417.

The vaccination drive on Sunday hit a major snag, when the SA Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) said it would not release the Johnson & Johnson vaccine which has been deemed unfit to use by US authorities.

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A month-long probe found that safety protocols were not followed at the manufacturing facility at Emergent BioSolutions in Baltimore. Components manufactured in this plant are used at the Aspen Pharma plant in Gqeberha in the manufacture of J&J doses. The ruling effectively rules out the use of around two million vaccine doses.

On Saturday, a total of 4 045 vaccines were administered. The majority of these were in KwaZulu-Natal, where 1 939 doses were administered.

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The provinces with the highest vaccine rollout numbers for Phase 2 are KwaZulu-Natal with 332 217 vaccines and Gauteng with 323 321.

The Western Cape had administered 183 334 by Saturday. The provinces with the lowest numbers are Northern Cape and Mpumalanga with 12 263 and 48 757 respectively.

The government aims to register around five million people over the age of 60 by the end of the month.

However, as of Saturday, only 2 546 969 people older than 60 had registered.

The province with the highest number of registrations is Gauteng, with 534 196, followed by KwaZulu-Natal with 473 059, and the Eastern Cape with 381 623.

On Saturday, there were 4 892 new registrations.

Source: News24

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