WC sets aside R325.6m for COVID-19 vaccine rollout in province

More than 11,300 people have died of COVID-19 in the Western Cape.

FILE: Western Cape Finance and Economic Opportunities MEC David Maynier presents the province's budget in the Western Cape Legislature on 16 March 2020. Picture: @WesternCapeGov/Twitter

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape government has budgeted more than R2.1 billion to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

Finance and Economic Opportunities MEC David Maynier said that some of it would be used for the rollout and procurement of vaccines.

More than 11,300 people have died of COVID-19 in the Western Cape.

MEC Maynier said that his department had allocated R325.6 million for the rollout of vaccines, which would inoculate 5.1 million people in the Western Cape.

The province also budgeted millions to assist those who had lost their jobs due to the pandemic.

"We have mobilised R100 million to provide humanitarian relief, which will respond to the needs of people who have lost jobs, who cannot make ends meet and who are going hungry in the Western Cape."

The province has allocated R75 million for the procurement of 500,000 single-shot vaccines.

Maynier added that R20 million would be spent on vaccine communication campaigns.

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