By Kaya 959 News
All public COVID-19 vaccination sites in Gauteng accept walk-ins and people 60 and older are urged to visit their nearest vaccination site to receive their COVID-19 vaccines.
The Gauteng Health Department said all persons will be assisted with registration and will be vaccinated, even those who are registered and waiting for SMSes
The Gauteng Health Department has embarked on a drive to speed up its vaccine rollout as the province is gripped by a third wave of the COVID pandemic.
The country recorded 9 160 new COVID cases on Monday, 6 292 of those cases were from Gauteng.
“Gauteng is observing an alarming increase in the number of new COVID-19 infections. And resurgence plans have been activated across all five districts,” said Dr Nomathemba Mokgethi, Gauteng Health MEC.
SANDF deployment at Chris Hani Baragwanath
The department welcomed a delegation of members of the South African Defence Force at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital on Monday.
Mokgethi said the team will augment the human resource capacity in the province as part of their response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
She said the department was also employing more healthcare workers to work at facilities.
The MEC also addressed claims that the province did not have enough beds.
“Our system might be under pressure, but we still have the will and enough capacity to cope with the demand. We are adding more healthcare personnel to make sure more available beds are fully functional,” she said.
Mokgethi said her department has dedicated COVID-19 functional beds across the province.
“There is no doubt that we are seeing widespread transmission of coronavirus infection in all our communities.
In addition to the newly built infrastructure in areas such Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital, Jubilee Hospital and Bronkhorstspruit Hospital and the repurposed Tshwane District Hospital as an example, wards and beds in other facilities are always re-purposed based on the demands of the pandemic at any given the time,” the MEC said.