COVID-19: Only about 40% of the elderly have been vaccinated

People living in elderly homes in the Western Cape are said to be reluctant to take the Covid-19 vaccine.

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  • Only about 40% of South Africans over the age of 60 have received vaccinations.
  • This is primarily due to slow registration, according to the Department of Health.
  • People aged 60 or over are most likely to get sick or die from Covid-19.

Six weeks after the vaccine was introduced for those over 60, less than half of this age group had been immunized.

The biggest stumbling block to getting more hits in the gun seems to be the lack of recordings.

When the second phase of the rollout began in May, the National Health Department announced that it plans to vaccinate more than five million South Africans aged 60 and over by the end of June.

This age group is most likely to get sick or die from Covid-19.

According to SA statistics, in 2019, there were 5,305,252 South Africans over 60 years old.

But only half of those registered for a vaccine, and most of those who signed up already got their first dose.

As of Monday, 2,308 225 vaccines have been administered under the second phase. Of those, about 185,000 were Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccines given to teachers, based on statistics released by the Department of Basic Education Sunday.

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The rest were first doses of the Pfizer vaccine, with the second doses required to obtain complete immunity.

About 2.1 million people over the age of 60 have received acupuncture, said Director-General of the Ministry of Health Dr Nicholas Crisp, resulting in 40% of the population in that age group.

To achieve herd immunity, at least 67% must be vaccinated.

As of Monday, nearly 80% of the 2896,127 people who signed up for a vaccine under Phase 2 had been given a dose of vaccine.

Crisp said:

we [haven’t been] Recordings have pushed a lot in the past few days.

On Monday, registrations increased by less than 30,000 in the past 24 hours – at the same rate, it would take nearly three months for all South Africans over the age of 60 to register.

Crisp said slow registration processes have prompted the department to open vaccinations to those over 50, hoping to “bring their 70-year-old parents with them when they come in for the vaccination.”

Registration will open on July 1, and the department aims to give the first doses to people 50 and older as of July 15.

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