More than 50% of adults in the Western Cape have been vaccinated
Over the last few days, the Western Cape breached the 50% mark of adults in the province being vaccinated with at least one dose. Though only halfway, the 51,36% or 2 556 131 of adults in the province have ensured they are protected against severe illness.
These vaccination targets are still not near the 70%+ targets that we have set ourselves for year end. The Department would really like to improve the vaccination coverage, particularly of the older and more vulnerable population.
National vaccination performance as at 6 December (excluding 12-17 year olds):
Western Cape performance
To put this into perspective, the number of people taking up vaccination has also started to slowly increase as access to vaccination has been made so much easier through innovative initiatives such as pop-sites, outreaches and the latest addition – the Vaxi Taxi.
- 511 524 people 60 years and older have been vaccinated – 70.73% of the total population in this age group
- 421 613 (61.63%) in the 50-59 group
- 807 675 (53.42%) aged 35-49 and
- 815 045 (39.61%) in the 18-34 age group
- In addition, 78 716 of those aged 12 – 17 have also taken up their vaccination.
With the new Omicron variant rapidly spreading, vaccination is more important than ever before to protect against severe illness and death. We once again appeal to those who have not yet been vaccinated to take up any of the many opportunities we are providing within their communities. Get vaccinated and be protected, especially as we are entering the fourth wave.
We will continue our efforts to increase uptake of vaccination in all groups. Get vaccinated at the Vooma Vaccination week from 3-10 December before the holidays so that you and your loved ones can be fully protected and have a safe holiday period together and help us prevent severe illness and death ahead of the fourth wave.