Faried Shariff gets his second jab at Athlone drive-through vaccine site. Picture: Armand Hough/African News Agency (ANA)
Faried Shariff gets his second jab at Athlone drive-through vaccine site. Picture: Armand Hough/African News Agency (ANA)

Western Cape has fully vaccinated 34% of its total adult population

By Staff Reporter Time of article published Oct 21, 2021

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Cape Town - The Western Cape government says it is focusing on areas with low vaccine uptake and increasing outreach services to ensure that no person is left behind in the vaccine roll-out.

The province said that it was increasingly using pop-ups and satellite vaccination sites to ensure that vaccine numbers increase.

The province added that it would also continue to have fixed vaccination sites in areas with high foot traffic and that are strategically placed.

By Wednesday, the total number of individuals vaccinated with at least one dose was 2 243 239 or 45% of the total adult population, while also a total of 1 681 838 people or 34% of the total adult population are fully vaccinated.

In terms of the total adult population vaccinated to date:

  • Of those 60 years and older, 61.40% have been fully vaccinated to date and 6.67% are partially vaccinated.
  • Of those from 50 to 59 years, 48.82% have been fully vaccinated to date and 8.74% are partially vaccinated;
  • Of those from 35 to 49 years, 35.99% have been fully vaccinated to date and 11.44% are partially vaccinated; and
  • Of those between 18 and 34 years, 17.47% have been fully vaccinated to date and 13.53% are partially vaccinated.

If one looks at at these figures more closely, focusing on the sub-district level, of those 18 years and older, the province has registered:

  • 72.4% of the total adult population in the Western sub-district.
  • 55.1% of the total adult population in the Overberg sub-district.
  • 52% of the total adult population in the Southern sub-district.
  • 50.3% of the total adult population in the Northern sub-district.
  • 49.3% of the total adult population in the Eastern sub-district.
  • 48.9% of the total adult population in the Cape Winelands sub-district.
  • 48.3% of the total adult population in the Garden Route sub-district.
  • 44.9% of the total adult population in the Klipfontein sub-district.
  • 44.2% of the total adult population in the West Coast sub-district.
  • 42.2% of the total adult population in the Tygerberg sub-district.
  • 37.3% of the total adult population in the Central Karoo sub-district.
  • 27.9% of the total adult population in the Khayelitsha sub-district.
  • 27.6% of the total adult population in the Mitchells Plain sub-district.

“There is still a long way to go, and we are determined to do as much as we can to ensure that no person who wants to get vaccinated is left behind.

“Vaccines really are our best defence against severe Covid-19 illness and will help us to save lives. That is why I especially encourage those over 50 to get vaccinated as soon as possible,” Winde said.

“It has never been easier or quicker to get vaccinated. The entire process takes on average 30 minutes – including observation time. You can simply walk into any one of our vaccine sites where you will be assisted.

“If you are unsure, or anxious, please do speak to a health-care worker at your local clinic. We want to help you make an informed choice, by providing you with the facts that you want,” he said.

“With just 6 weeks left to December, the next few weeks will be critical. If you get your first dose today, you will have full protection by the festive season, which is a time of joy, socialising and celebration in our province.

“I encourage you to help save our summer, by getting vaccinated as soon as you can. It’s not too late to vaccinate.”

Cape Argus

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