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Western Cape vaccine rollout to kick off by no later than 15 February

The Western Cape’s share of South Africa’s first batch of vaccines are expected to arrive within the next five to 10 days.

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The Western Cape Government vaccine rollout programme will officially commence by no later than 15 February according to a statement that was released by Premier Alan Winde on Thursday. 

Winde said they anticipate delivery of the Western Cape’s share of vaccines at the Cape Medical Depot within the next 5 to 10 days. The vaccines will also be rolled out in three separate phases, starting with healthcare workers who are on the frontline.  


The National Department of Health has confirmed that the Western Cape will receive 35 000 first doses for public sector health care workers and 58 584 first doses for private-sector health care workers (including hospitals, specialists, GPs, pathologists, radiographers, pharmacists, allied health workers, dentists, and other health care workers). 

“The number of vaccines available for City health, outsourced workers, community health care workers, students, undertakers, and traditional healers is still being finalised by the national government, and we expect an additional allocation to our province to cover these important frontline workers,” said Winde. 

The vaccines will be delivered to the Cape Medical Depot from where they will be picked, packed and dispatched to the various vaccination sites. Vaccines will then be dispatched with all the related consumables (such as needles and syringes), vaccine cards (which will be dispensed to those who are vaccinated) and information sheets. 

“A dedicated courier is in place and ready to commence the delivery process in a week’s time. I am also pleased that SAPS and law enforcement are on board to ensure safe-guarding of vaccine deliveries en route,” said Winde. 

For the first phase: 

  • Western Cape government has identified 378 public sector facilities and 41 private facilities where vaccination will take place; 
  • It has ordered 93 vaccine friendly fridges which are due to arrive within the next few days;
  • It has ordered and received consumables including needles, swabs and cooler boxes;
  • It has conducted an assessment of the generators in various facilities and have portable generators on standby; and  
  • Nearly 2 000 vaccinators began their online training this week, with 500 more applicants to be loaded onto the system. 

“An ongoing staff opinion poll has to date surveyed 3027 health care workers on their opinions regarding vaccination. Of these, 54% have indicated that they will be taking the vaccine, 26% have indicated they would maybe take the vaccine and 20% have said they would not take it,” said Winde. 


In phase 2, the Western Cape government anticipates having to vaccinate up to 2 million residents who meet the following criteria: essential workers, people in congregate settings and vulnerable groups, including people over 60 and anyone older than 18 with high-risk comorbidities. 

“In phase 3, we are aiming to vaccinate a further 2.9 million residents, and anyone over the age of 18 will qualify in this round,” said Winde. 

“We have already held exploratory meetings with the City of Cape Town and the IEC in this respect, and a formal committee will commence work next week,” he added.