Pollsmoor prisoners get vaccinated

Pollsmoor prisoners are screened before entering the pop-up vaccine station.
Pollsmoor Prison health manager Lucky Hlophe with a mobile health team project manager, Yolanda Cottee, in front of a mural done by the inmates.
Nurse Poppy Ncube vaccinates a Pollsmoor prison inmate.

By Monday evening, July 26, the Western Cape exceeded one million vaccinations administered, according to the department’s spokeswoman, Natalie Watlington.

Pollsmoor prisoners were among those vaccinated on Monday as the Western Cape Department of Health scaled up its vaccination programme.

Now in its ninth week, the programme’s weekly target of 150 000 vaccinations has been exceeded for the second week in a row, says Ms Watlington.

Weekend vaccinations are now available at sites across the province, and Ms Watlington said more weekend public sites would be considered, dependent on vaccine supply.

Those 60 and older – who are most at risk of Covid-19 mortality and severe illness – take priority as walk-ins at the vaccination sites. People with appointments would also be prioritised, Ms Watlington said.

Those in the 35-to-49 cohort should wait for their second SMS confirming the date and time of their appointment before attending a vaccination site.

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