Sihle Zikalala, KZN Premier briefs media about COVID-19 vaccine roll-out

KZN Premier Sihle Zikalala (right) and KZN Health MEC Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu Photo: Twitter/@kzngov

COVID-19 vaccine latest: Extra sites identified for KZN jab rollout

KZN government will use an incremental approach by increasing vaccination sites as the programme is scaled up for phase 2 and 3.

Sihle Zikalala, KZN Premier briefs media about COVID-19 vaccine roll-out

KZN Premier Sihle Zikalala (right) and KZN Health MEC Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu Photo: Twitter/@kzngov

KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Premier, Sihle Zikalala says the province has identified extra vaccination sites as plans to complete the first phase and gear up for the second phase are underway.

Zikalala held a briefing about the COVID-19 status quo of the province on Sunday, 25 April.


During the briefing, Zikalala said that the vaccination for Phase 1(b) and Phase 2 will run simultaneously.

“For instance, we will be vaccinating essential workers aged 40 years and above, at the same time as we vaccinate people in congregant settings, and those with co-morbidities, who are aged 18 years and above.

An incremental approach will be used when dealing with Phases 2 and 3, with the number of vaccination sites getting increased as the programme is scaled up.”

The KZN Department of Health has already identified Mass Vaccination Centres, such as:      

  •  The Royal Showgrounds for Umgungundlovu District; 
  • For EThekwini we have so far identified Pinetown Civic Centre, King Zwelithini Sports grounds and Cato Manor Sports grounds for the south central region;
  • Hospitals and Community Health Centres will act as primary vaccination centres; while clinics and other community structures will be secondary vaccination centres.

The Premier also said that the community structures that will be utilised as vaccination centres have been mapped per district; and all information in this regard will be made available.

“With a provincial daily target of 30 000 vaccinations (5 days per week), the Phase II Vaccination could be completed by September 2021. This will create an opportunity for us to commence Phase 3 earlier, in October 2021.”


Mobile clinics, School Health Teams, community health workers, Community Development Workers, Agricultural Extension Officers, Environmental Health Practitioners, Traditional Council Secretaries, and other categories of workers will assist in registering community members as part of support to the Vaccination Programme at district and local level.

Zikalala explained: “The success of our vaccination plan, which will help us achieve enough population immunity to be able to halt the spread of the virus, depends critically on as many people as possible getting registered on the Electronic Vaccination Data System (EVDS).

“We understand the dynamics of our province and that many in the 60 and above age group will require hands-on support in registering. We are urging relatives, children, and friends of the elderly who have familiarity with technology systems to assist the grand mothers and fathers to register,” he said.

Training material on EVDS including a tutorial video has already been circulated to districts; and staff training commenced 19 April 2021. The province aims to vaccinate 2.9 million by October 2021 as part of its second phase vaccine roll-out plan.

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