Access your COVID-19 Vaccine this weekend

In support of this weekend’s Vooma vaccination drive, the Western Cape Department of Health will seek to administer 26 000 COVID-19 vaccine doses. A list of public vaccination sites that will operate tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday can be accessed at https://coronavirus.westerncape.gov.za/news

Healthcare workers will be on hand to answer questions and guide eligible individuals through the entire process, whether they are arriving at vaccination sites for their first, second or third vaccine dose. Individuals can access their second dose of the Pfizer vaccine 21 days after the first dose and they can access their booster shot three months after their second dose of the Pfizer vaccine. In the case of the J&J vaccine booster, clients should wait two months after receiving the first J&J vaccine.

Getting vaccinated means you are less likely to end up in hospital with severe disease or die, should you contract COVID-19. Ahead of the next wave of infections, residents 12 years and older, can make full use of this weekend’s opportunity to get vaccinated. Vaccination remains the most effective protection against the disruption and possible negative effects of COVID-19.

To those who are still unsure about getting vaccinated, please reach out to your local health facility for advice and guidance, so that you may make an informed decision about your personal health and that of those around you.

“Do find out which vaccination site near you will be open this weekend and the operating times. Everyone is welcomed, from those accessing vaccination for the first time to those who are now ready to take their booster shot. This weekend provides yet another opportunity to offer vaccinations to as many people as possible.  Your decision to get vaccinated will protect you, your loved ones, and our health system,” says Juanita O. Arendse, the provincial COVID-19 Vaccine Project Office Lead.

To those coming for their first COVID-19 vaccine this weekend, make sure you know your mobile number, or if you do not have a mobile, take the number of a relative or a friend so that confirmation of your vaccination and the date for your second vaccination dose can be sent to this number. Also, bring either your identity document, passport, refugee permit or asylum seeker permit number along.