By Kaya 959 Reporter
The Gauteng Health Department has ramped up its vaccination drive efforts. Several vaccine sites including drive-by sites have been opened in a bid to get more people vaccinated.
“Government is on a drive to expand the vaccination drive across the province to ensure that no eligible persons are left out and to encourage those who have not yet presented themselves for vaccination to go out in their numbers,” the department said.
Head of Communication Motalatale Modiba said there are over 30 vaccine sites in operation.
The department has noted that more men are refusing to be vaccinated and have urged them to register and get the jab.
Modiba said the extra sites will be opened on weekends to help those who are unable to get to a vaccine site during the week.
“There’s a number of sites where people can go in and do a drive-thru. We’ve got drive-thrus in West Drive at the Sandton Islamic Association, at the Daveyton Main Clinic, we’ve just now opened another one at the Zwartkops Raceway in Pretoria and we just want to send a special message to men that there’s really nothing to be afraid of, let them come out and get vaccinated,” he said.
— Gauteng Health (@GautengHealth) August 16, 2021
Women lead the numbers
Newly appointed Health Minister, Dr Joe Phaahla called on men to register. He said women are leading the numbers.
“Currently the ratio is 60% of women against 40% of men. So we again call on male counterparts to come forward and register. We also continue to vaccinate at workplaces, farms and mines and factories,” he said.
The Health Department confirmed that 9 557 542 vaccines have been administered. South Africa has 2 613 569 positive cases with 153 320 active cases and a death toll of 77 440.
The National Institute for Communicable Diseases said the majority of new cases Monday’s cases were from Western Cape (27%), followed by KwaZulu-Natal (24%).
Eastern Cape accounted for 18%; Gauteng and Northern Cape accounted for 9% each; Mpumalanga accounted for 7%; Free State accounted for 6%; North West accounted for 3%; and Limpopo accounted for 1%.
As of today the cumulative number of #COVID19 cases identified in SA is 2 613 569 with 7 983 new cases reported. Today 299 deaths have been reported bringing the total to 77 440 deaths. The cumulative number of recoveries now stand at 2 382 809 with a recovery rate of 91,2% pic.twitter.com/XKQcLOgru9
— Department of Health (@HealthZA) August 16, 2021