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Mkhize pleased with vaccination progress in Gauteng

Mkhize is inspecting sites ahead of the phase two vaccination programme.

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize (L) joined by Premier David Makhura (R) and Health MEC Nomathemba Mokgethi on site inspections ahead of the phase two vaccination programme in Gauteng on 8 April 2021. Picture: Zweli Mkhize/ Twitter

PARKTOWN - Health Minister Zweli Mkhize on Thursday said he was happy about the progress with vaccinations in Gauteng.

Mkhize is inspecting sites ahead of the phase two vaccination programme.

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Mkhize began with a visit to the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital in Parktown.

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He toured a vaccination site at the facility and said: “I am quite happy with the report that I received so far, and I found that it is very well aligned with the plans we have nationally.”

So far, more than 70,000 health workers have been vaccinated in Gauteng.

And about 280,000 health care workers have received their jabs nationally.

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The minister has now moved to another vaccination site in Soweto, in central-western Jabavu, where he was expected to outline their plan for the next phase.

He was joined by Premier David Makhura and Health MEC Nomathemba Mokgethi.

VACCINE CAMPAIGN WILL DEFINITELY COMMENCE NEXT MONTH

Mkhize said phase two of the vaccination campaign would definitely begin next month.

Mkhize has assured South Africans that the next phase of the national roll plan will begin on 17 May, lasting for six months.

“We have another ready 2 million doses of vaccine, which will be finalised coming from the donation we received.”

The minister said 51 million doses of vaccines have been procured and of this, 31 million comes from Johnson and Johnson.

“We have also gotten a letter that has indicated that there will be some vaccines coming from the Covax facility.”

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