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Vaccinations Happening on Sunday at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital
Supplied by: Gauteng Health Department
After a slow start on Sunday the 18th July, the Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital eventually had a queue of over-35s waiting to take their Covid-19 vaccination. The public health facility is one of a number open on Sunday for the first time in an effort to catch up with lost time as protests in the province interrupted the rollout of the vaccination programme this week.
According to Motalatale Modiba from the Gauteng Health Department the government will be employing vaious options such as opeining over the weekends, pop up sites and mass vaccinatio sites as part of a drive to make vaccination more accessible. "Vaccines are important because they help protect against severe illnesses and hospitalisation", said Modiba.
Registration for those aged 35 to 49 opened on the 15th July and vaccinations for that age group were scheduled to start on the 1st August. There was a very impressive start from this age cohort with more than 1 million people registering on the central EVDS system in the first 24 hours.
It seems that those aged between 35 and 49 are being vaccinated ahead of the 1st August start date when they book at private sites or they attend public sites as walk ins. This is part of the reason why the national vaccine rollout has now passed 5 million individuals who have received at least one dose.