SA Exits Third Wave With 21% Of Adults Vaccinated

South Africa has officially exited the third wave. This follows reports stating that close to a quarter of the country's adult population has been fully vaccinated.

 

 

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According to a statement released on Monday by the Health Department, 21% of South Africa's adult population is now fully vaccinated.  This come after 6 187 people either received a Johnson & Johnson shot or the second jab of the Pfizer vaccine on Sunday.

The department of Health reported that South Africa administered 9 419 vaccinations on Sunday, bringing the total to 16 827 790. This means the country currently has 8 391 620 people who have been vaccinated.

Meanwhile, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has said that the country has officially come out of the third wave. 

The national seven-day moving average of daily case numbers, positivity rate and testing rate continue to decrease, with sustained decreases seen in all provinces.

In addition to this, the institute confirmed 967 new COVID-19 cases in the most recent data, bringing the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2 896 943.

The NICD further stated this increase represents a 5% positivity rate, adding that there has been an increase of 56 hospital admissions in the past 24 hours since Sunday 26 October 2021.

Before countries or regions can reopen, the World Health Organization (WHO) has advised that the test positivity should remain at 5% or less for 14 days. 

According to Health Minister Dr Joe Phaahla, South Africa is well equipped in terms of vaccination stock to reach its target 40 million inoculations by December. He says that in addition to mobile vaccination centres, the country currently has more than 3000 fixed vaccination sites. 

The minister has also stated that in order for the country to reach its 70% target in the next three months, the Health Department will have to vaccinate an additional 27 million people throughout the country.

As of September 24, 2021, the WHO had received reports of 230 418 451 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 4 724 876 deaths.

 

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