The City Of Ekurhuleni Municipality has applauded health care workers for vaccinating 19 000 people in one weekend. The Covid-19 vaccines were part of the Vooma vaccination weekend campaign, which started on Friday, 12 November and ended on Sunday, 14 November.
Head of the City’s Health and Social Development Department Dr Gilbert Motlatla said: “While efforts are in place to help increase the vaccine uptake, none of this would be possible without the dedicated team of health professionals who have been steadfast in fighting this global pandemic.”
“We thank all our professional nurses and health care personnel for making all the government’s efforts a success,” he continued.
The Health Department’s breakdown revealed that over the past weekend a total of 11 340 doses administered were first doses and 7 676 were doses given to residents coming for their second inoculation.
The aim of the Vooma vaccination weekend campaign follows a call by President Cyril Ramaphosa to all sectors to support the country’s COVID-19 vaccine programme.
The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), a division of the National Health Laboratory Service, continues to provide laboratory-based surveillance to inform the public health response towards COVID-19 in South Africa. As of Thursday, there were 585 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2 927 499. This increase represents a 1.7% positivity rate.