Cape Convention Centre to turn into a mass vaccination site
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ONCE home to thousands of Covid-19 patients, the Cape town International Convention Centre (CTICC) is now set to be turned into a mass vaccination site.
This follows an agreement between the provincial government and the City with formal contracts due to be signed imminently with the CTICC, paving the way for implementation within the next three to four weeks.
It is envisaged that the site will be used for high volumes of vaccinations.
Premier Alan Winde, said: “Just over one year ago, our teams worked quickly and efficiently to convert the CTICC into the Western Cape’s first major field hospital, our ‘Hospital of Hope’, and it became a place of healing for the thousands of residents who received life-saving treatment there.
“I’m excited to once again be working at full speed to open this world-class conferencing venue to residents across the City of Cape Town, enabling a radical increase in life-saving vaccinations. It is our intention for it to be a Centre of Hope in our City and province within a few weeks.”
He said this mass ‘vaccination centre of hope’ will be able to vaccinate over 4000 people a day at its peak. It will have up to 50 vaccination stations, with each station capable of administering 100 vaccinations per day.
The City of Cape Town began preparation for the site in March, said mayor Dan Plato.
“Work included project management, concept design and costing. These plans were shared with the provincial government who, after several engagements with the City, made the decision to utilise the CTICC in this regard.”
The site, however, is expected to work at full capacity once vaccine supplies allow. It is intended that the CTICC will be the first of at least three major vaccination centres in Cape Town.