SAPS members will soon get the jab. The vaccination drive will commence in Soweto on Monday 5 July and guess who’s up first?
The South African Police Service (SAPS) will kick-off its vaccination drive of over 180 000 of its members from Monday 5 July 2021 in Soweto, Gauteng.
While registration opened for those over 50-years-old on Thursday 1 July, the vaccinations will only commence from 15 July. The SAPS, however, is set to start 10 days earlier.
According to a statement that was released on Friday, the Minister of Police General Bheki Cele and the National Commissioner of the South African Police Service (SAPS), General Khehla Sitole will lead the SAPS Vaccination program.
“The pair will form part of the first group of police officers and other SAPS personnel who will get vaccinated on the day,” it said.
“The SAPS has 108 registered vaccination sites across the country where all our men and blue will get inoculated against COVID-19,” it added.
The SAPS vaccination drive will commence at 7:30 at Orlando Stadium in Soweto, Gauteng on Monday.
During a media briefing on Friday morning 2 July, the Acting Minister of Health, Mmamoloko Kubayi raised a concern about the rising number of new COVID-19 cases. In the past 24 hours, there were a whopping 21 584 new cases.
The number of new deaths was 382, bringing the total to 61 029. The number of active cases in the country is 179 734 and the number of recoveries is 1 754 793 which translates to a recovery rate of 87.9%.
In terms of vaccinations, 122 701 people got the jab in the last 24 hours and that’s about to increase with SAPS members in line. The Vaccine programme is targeting to vaccinate 150 000 people per day. Pfizer has delivered 4.5 million doses as promised in quarter two and South Africa is expecting nearly 2.1 million doses in the month of July.
“Johnson and Johnson has delivered, in total, 2 million doses including the Sisonke doses. The 1.2 million doses delivered last week must be used by 11 August. SA is expecting J&J to deliver 500 000 doses soon,” the acting minister added.