Western Cape Government released a statement explaining the vaccine roll-out programme which will officially commence no later than 15 February.
This week, Winde said that the Western’s Cape share of the country’s first batch of vaccines would arrive at the Cape Medical Depot within 5 to 10 days.
According to the statement, the Western Cape’s systems were prepared to ensure that everything is in place for an effective and efficient roll out. This process will take place in three separate phases. Health care workers who are on the frontlines will take preference.
Winde added that the Western Cape Government aimed to achieve population immunity that will prevent severe illness and death, reduce transmission, protect our healthcare system and thereby finally defeat this pandemic.
The National Department of Health confirmed that the Western Cape will receive 35 000 first doses for public sector health care workers, and 58 584 first doses for private sector health care workers. This includes hospitals, specialists, GPs, pathologists, radiographers, pharmacists, allied health workers, dentists, and other health care workers.
It is reported that nearly 2 000 vaccinators began their online training this week and 500 more applicants are expected to be loaded onto the system.
“We cannot afford extended and ongoing lockdowns and the Covid-19 vaccine provides us with a safe and effective route back to living our lives more normally,” said Winde.
The province has also started with discussions for the planning of phases two and three of the roll-out strategy.