‘Cabinet alarmed at vaccine slowdown’
Five months after administering its first vaccines, SA is still far from meeting its target of reaching 70%. Just over 13% of the country has been vaccinated and the proportion of those fully inoculated with two doses of the Pfizer jab or the single dose from Johnson & Johnson is just 7%, reported Business Day (19 August 2021). On August 18, the government’s Covid-19 vaccination dashboard showed only 126
434 were recorded in the previous 24-hour period, less than half of the government’s own target of 300 000.
Meanwhile, Health Minister Joe Phaahla has proposed that all over 18-year-olds be allowed to immediately be vaccinated, weeks ahead of the scheduled September start date.
According to data provided by the Health Department, the highest vaccination levels were recorded at the start of July. An acceleration that was expected with the opening of the process to over 35-year-olds did not materialise.