The government has released a statement expressing its satisfaction with phase two of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, which is currently underway in the country.
Acting Minister in the Presidency, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni took to Twitter on Thursday, 27 May 2021, to endorse a statement on her address commending the country on the efficiency of phase two of the vaccine rollout. The Sisonke Vaccination Programme is currently in its second phase in the country, which is focused on vaccinating those who are over the age of 60.
Ntshavheni was quoted as saying, “Cabinet says it is pleased that phase two of the vaccine rollout programme commenced smoothly, as thousands of eligible people have already been vaccinated.” Adding, “Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, announced on Wednesday that the number of those vaccinated under phase two stands at 282 135, which brings the total to 761 903 when combined with those who received the Johnson & Johnson jab.”
What the statement did not address was whether the country is on par to meet its set targets for phase two. Ahead of launching phase two, the National Department of Health (NDoH) had set a target of getting over five million of the most vulnerable people vaccinated in the three months before the commencement of phase three. This target was set after the NDoH had already failed to meet its phase one target.
See the post below.
Cabinet is pleased that Phase 2 of #VaccineRolloutSA programme commenced smoothly and that thousands of eligible people have already been vaccinated
— @SAgovnews (@SAgovnews) May 27, 2021