The North West Province has received its second batch of Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccines this week.
The province received 3900 doses on 17 February and another 5 360 this week.
North West Health MEC Madoda Sambatha welcomed the additional vaccines as the vaccination drive begins to pick up momentum. “ Many of our health professionals have been vaccinated already. Many more have registered and are ready to take the vaccine”, said MEC Madoda Sambatha.
By Monday, 1 March, a total of 7517 health professionals had already been vaccinated.
Registration has also progressed well. A total of 34 152 people have already registered for vaccination in the province.
Sambatha also announced activation of additional vaccination sites. The province has 26 public and 17 private facilities as vaccination sites. The first batch of vaccines were only administered at Job Shimankana Tabane Hospital in Rustenburg and Klerksdorp Hospital. Three more sites have been added, namely Moses Kotane hospital, Life Peglerae hospital and Mahikeng Provincial Hospital. He said many other vaccination sites are ready and will be activated when vaccines are delivered.
“The department continues to encourage adherence to all prevention measures against COVID-19. Vaccine is only one of the measures used to curb the spread of the virus. It does not replace social distancing, wearing masks and sanitising.”