UPDATE | More than 50 Covid-19 vaccine sites now open in Cape Town, Joburg and Durban
- Phase 2 of South Africa’s vaccine rollout, targeting people over the age of 60, began on Monday 17 May.
- The health department is set to release details of more than 3,000 vaccination sites which will be used in Phase 2 and 3 of the rollout.
- During the second week of Phase 2 of the rollout, the number of active vaccination sites increased to 177.
- Healthcare workers and senior citizens are urged to register for their jabs.
- They'll be allocated a time and location slot according to their work or home addresses.
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An updated list of active Covid-19 vaccination sites has been released by the national department of health as South Africa enters the second week of Phase 2 of its vaccination rollout which prioritises people over the age of 60.
Just over 480,000 frontline healthcare workers have been vaccinated during the first phase of South Africa's immunisation rollout. Numerous delays, resulting from procurement problems, abandoned doses, and health concerns have placed South Africa far behind its initial target of vaccinating 67% of the population by the end of 2021.
Phase 1 of the rollout aimed to vaccinate 1.2 million healthcare workers by the end of May. Only 40% of this target has been reached, with a dismal daily average of doses administered standing at just over 6,800. This pace will need to be increased ten-fold if South Africa is to reach herd immunity before 2023.
Although South Africa has ordered enough doses from both Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer to exceed the needs for herd immunity, the limited number of vaccination sites and lack of collaboration with the private sector continues to subdue the country's Covid-19 vaccine rollout.
It's against this backdrop and a renewed sense of urgency that Health Minister Zweli Mkhize announced that Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the programme – which aims to vaccinate 16.6 million people – will run concurrently.
South Africans over the age of 60 have already been urged to register for their doses via the health department’s Electronic Vaccination Data System (EVDS). Mkhize recently confirmed that more than 1.2 million senior citizens and 914 000 health care workers had registered to receive their doses at the start of Phase 2.
Registration is currently only open to healthcare works and people over the age of 60. When registering through the online portal, applicants will be allocated a slot according to the vaccination site nearest to their homes or place of work.
Applicants can also register via WhatsApp – by sending “REGISTER” to 0600123456 – or dialling *134*832# via the zero-rated USSD system. Further details, including confirmation of the registration, dates, and available sites, will be sent via SMS to the applicant.
South Africa plans to have more than 3,000 vaccination sites
At least 177 vaccination sites are currently active throughout South Africa – increasing from the 92 facilities which serviced healthcare workers during the Sisonke Project of Phase 1 – according to an updated list published by the Department of Health on Monday 24 May.
KwaZulu-Natal has the largest share of listed vaccine sites (62) and Gauteng the second highest (50). The Eastern Cape has 24 vaccination sites. There are only two active Covid-19 vaccination sites in the Free State and Northern Cape, as listed by the department of health.
The department intends to create more than 3,338 vaccination sites as demand increases. More than 70% of these sites are registered on the Masters Facility List and "are undergoing various stages of approval" before being opened to the public, explained Mkhize.
Phase 2 of the vaccine rollout has been expanded to 177 sites across the country, 154 in the public sector and 23 in the private sector. Major pharmaceutical chains, Clicks and Dis-Chem, make up the bulk of these private sites. Both are expected to open more sites as teething problems with the EVDS are resolved. Old-age homes and care facilities will be visited separately, with all senior citizens receiving the Pfizer jab.
“These sites will be published on the SA Coronavirus Website, on I Choose Vaccination Bulletin and the provinces will also publish on platforms that they will announce shortly,” explained Mkhize on the eve of the rollout of Phase 2.
“When you go to get vaccinated, you must take proof of ID such as your ID card or book, drivers’ licence or passport. People who belong to a medical aid scheme should also take their medical aid card or other details.”
The list of vaccination sites below will be updated according to details released by the department of health.
Here’s where you can get your Covid-19 vaccine in Johannesburg
Gauteng is due to have 746 Covid-19 vaccination sites by September 2021, with Johannesburg accounting for more than a third of the province's total. The majority of these sites (almost 60%) will be facilitated by the private sector. Johannesburg currently has 19 active Covid-19 vaccination sites, only three of which are private. All active sites in Johannesburg, including community healthcare centres (CHC), are listed as follows by the department of health:
- Michael Maponya Provincial Clinic
- Chiawelo CHC
- Lenasia South CHC
- Meadowlands Zone 2 Provincial Clinic
- Itireleng CHC
- Charlotte Maxeke Hospital
- Alexandra 8th Avenue Clinic
- Discoverers CHC
- Alexandra CHC
- Dis-Chem Mall of Africa Pharmacy
- Mofolo CHC
- Orlando Provincial Clinic
- Clicks Pharmacy Sunninghill
- Diepkloof Provincial Clinic
- Hillbrow CHC
- Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital
- River Park Clinic
- Bheki Mlangeni District Hospital
... in Cape Town
The Health Department plans to have 611 active Covid-19 vaccination sites throughout the Western Cape, with more than half of these in Cape Town alone, by September. Unlike in Gauteng, the majority of these sites (more than 60%) will be facilitated by the public sector.
The Western Cape currently has 11 active vaccination sites, all of which – except for one in the Vredendal Mall within the West Coast district – are in Cape Town. Just under half of all these sites are in the private sector. All active sites in Cape Town include:
- Clicks Pharmacy Constantia
- Mitchells Plain Hospital
- Brooklyn Chest Hospital
- Khayelitsha Hospital
- Helderberg Hospital
- Clicks Pharmacy Blue Route
- Clicks Pharmacy Tygervalley
- Clicks Pharmacy Westcoast Village
- Karl Bremer Hospital
- Hanover Park CHC
... in Durban
KwaZulu-Natal is expected to have the highest number of vaccination sites (841) in South Africa by September. Less than 20% of these will be operated by the private sector. A quarter of all vaccination sites in the province will be based in Durban within the eThekwini municipality.
A total of 24 active vaccination sites are open in and around Durban, more than any other metro in South Africa. Only four of these sites are listed as being in the private sector. All active sites in Durban include:
- Clicks Pharmacy Gateway
- Sanlam Centre Pinetown Clicks Pharmacy
- Tongaat CHC
- McCords Hospital
- Stonebridge Clinic
- KwaMashu Poly CHC
- Osindisweni Hospital
- Newtown A CHC
- Pinetown Clinic
- Hillcrest Hospital
- Pinetown Offsite
- Clairwood Hospital
- Phoenix CHC
- Addington Hospital
- Amanzimtoti Clinic
- King Edward VIII Hospital
- Clicks La Lucia Pharmacy
- Ekuhlengeni Sanatorium Hospital
- Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital
- Wentworth Gateway Hospital
- Prince Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital
- Lancers Road Clinic
- Mahatma Gandhi Hospital
- Clicks Pharmacy Chatsworth
Note: If you are a healthcare worker and you cannot register on the EVDS you may simply go to the site for on-site registration and vaccination.
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