35 – 49 age group breaks records with one million Covid-19 vaccine registrations in 24 hours

As registration for Covid-19 vaccination opens for those aged 35 years and above, over one million people have registered on the government’s Electronic Vaccination Data System (EVDS) portal in 24 hours, acting minister of health Mmamoloko Nkhensani Kubayi confirmed on Thursday evening.

The national vaccination programme has continued across South Africa despite violent protests which resulted in the temporary closure of some sites in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, Department of Health national spokesperson Popo Maja said.

“I registered online last night and got an SMS notification. Decided to take a chance at CTICC but they were only taking bookings/appointments,” said one of those who have registered.

“Went to Old Mutual in Pinelands as a walk in. Showed them my SMS. Went to the verification stand to give my details. And then I went through the whole process and got my first jab. No hassles. Arrived at 10am and was out by 11.30am.”

“I was assisted by friendly and professional (healthworkers). The jab wasn’t painful at all, I feel 100% and no side effects. The whole process, including the mandatory observation period, took about 55 minutes,” another resident said.

The vaccination rollout will take place in three phases to provide vaccinations to a minimum of 67 percent of the population in an effort to achieve herd immunity to Covid-19.

“Registered last night. Walked-in today. Left with my first shot 4 hours later. Was worth the long wait. Feeling elated, grateful, and deeply sad,” — Lorenzo Wakefield (@LoWakie) July 15, 2021

Registered and booked appointment for HB and I online last night. Was super excited! Had a great experience at vaccination site. Feeling a huge sense of relief personally and also that we’re part of something bigger: creating herd immunity. — Erin 🤓 (@erin_drayton) July 15, 2021

Registered last night. Took a chance, did a walk-in. 2 hrs l8er had my 1st shot. vaccine sight was very organized. The staff were super friendly & helpful. I wish more sights did walk-ins. The younger people encouraged the 50&older 2 go ahead. preference was given anyway 2 the 50+ — Audrey Moreira (@MOOCOW31) July 15, 2021

I got my jab today. No side effects yet. I registered but took a chance and walked in to Clicks and fortunately there was a cancellation and they accommodated me. But they first checked on their tablet to see if I was registered pic.twitter.com/J5vF6pFgeX — Andre (@ndre021) July 15, 2021

The country remains the epicentre of the pandemic on the African continent, with over 2.2 million infections recorded since March 2020. The latest data shows over 4.2 million South African residents have received at least one vaccination dose.

As of Thursday, the 16th of July, the cumulative number of Covid-19 cases identified in the country stands at 2 253 240, with 16 435 new cases reported. An additional 377 deaths have been reported, bringing the total to 65 972.

The cumulative number of recoveries is now at 1 982 122, translating to a recovery rate of 88.0%, according to the department of health.


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