Durban – The KZN Health MEC has said that rolling out Covid-19 vaccinations to the most vulnerable and people over 60 will benefit them in the “deepest” way.
Speaking at the Royal Agricultural Showgrounds in Pietermaritzburg on Tuesday, MEC Nomagugu Simelane and Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said the deployment of Phase 2 to the province was a giant leap “as we march to win. this deadly virus ”.
“We are targeting some of the most vulnerable members of society, those over the age of 60 and those living with co-morbidities.
“These are our own living libraries and should be cherished and protected at all times; because a nation without appreciation of its history is a nation without direction or future.
“Due to their advanced age, compromised immunity to the disease and their co-morbidities, the elderly have been among those who have suffered the most from Covid-19 when succumbing to the virus.
“So we are extremely happy to launch a process that will benefit them in the most profound way; by making them live longer and healthier, ”said Simelane.
She said KwaZulu-Natal had a total of 689 vaccination sites prepared for Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccine deployment consisting of health facilities, community wards, Thusong community centers and other public facilities.
“But for now, as we begin, as many as 27 health facilities and five community vaccination sites have started with the Pfizer vaccination on Monday.”
Simelane said the Department will add more sites as more doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are received.
“Community vaccination sites will be opened and operated on a phased basis, depending on demand.”
The Department plans to target 41 retirement homes, which have a total of 3,363 residents.
Simelane said they “have full confidence” in the 1657 vaccinators.
“We also have an army of 1,299 outreach workers who will move to our mobile vaccination sites.”
For phase 2, the Department aims to immunize 2,933 million people.
Of this 955,048 people are over 60 years old.
Their goal was to deliver 30,000 vaccines every day five days a week.
Here are the vaccination sites:
KZN Health launches phase 2 with 27 vaccination sites and aims to vaccinate nearly 3 million people
SourceKZN Health launches phase 2 with 27 vaccination sites and aims to vaccinate nearly 3 million people