Sumary of South Africa has a new Covid-19 vaccine target for Christmas:
- The Department of Health has updated its Covid-19 vaccination targets for South Africa and now aims to have 35 million people jabbed by Christmas, Reuters reports.
- “We will be able to have vaccinated, at least one dose, 35 million people before Christmas,” the department’s Dr Nicholas Crisp told parliament on Wednesday (21 July).
- Crisp said the country lost around 25,000 vaccine doses during looting and acts of arson last week.
- Crisp said that health experts also predict a “second hump” in the ongoing third wave of infections because of the riots.
- On Wednesday South Africa reported 16,240 new cases of Covid-19, taking the total reported to 2,327,472. Deaths have reached 68,192, while recoveries have climbed to 2,098,818, leaving the country with a balance of 160,462 active cases.
- The health department’s initial plan was to roll out vaccines in three phases, first targetting healthcare workers, then essential workers and those at highest risk (over the age of 60).
- Phase 1 of the rollout targeted 1.2 million healthcare workers between February and May 2021 – this target was later reduced to one million and ended with only 500,000 healthcare workers vaccinated by the time the deadline passed.
- Phase 2 launched in May, with the remainder of the healthcare workers not vaccinated in phase 1 also receiving vaccines during this time.