Vaccine latest: Supply LIMITED this week, others turned away – Kubayi
Acting Health Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi however says they expect to soon be vaccinating about 400 000 people every day
Acting Health Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi has admitted that South Africa’s vaccination roll-out has seen better days as this week, some sites experienced vaccine shortages, posing a delay to the programme.
Kubayi held a media briefing on Friday morning, 30 July 2021, during which she gave an update on the progress made in the fight against the pandemic and the vaccination rollout.
“This week our vaccine supply was constrained, which negatively affected the rate of vaccination as some of the sites ran out of vaccines and people had to be turned away,” she said.
However the minister added that they have received more Johnson & Johnson vaccines and that additional Pfizer doses are expected in the coming days.
“The certainty of vaccine supply means that we will have sufficient vaccines to meet our immediate needs. Last night, I received MAC on Vaccine advisory which I present to the NCCC and IMC on Vaccine. This relates to questions being asked about opening up for more vaccine to meet our demand. The advisory focused on Sinovac and AstraZeneca. We will communicate government’s decision in a week’s time”Acting Health Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi
More than 220 000 jabs a day
Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi says they were initially expecting to vaccinate approximately 300 000 people a day this week, which is the target set by President Cyril Ramaphosa. However, due to limited supply, they are looking at an average of 220 000.
“At the present rate of vaccination, we are currently vaccinating 1 million people in four days,” Kubayi said.
She says with the expected vaccine batches in the coming days, they foresee the vaccination picking up and eventually see 400 000 jabs being administered a day.
“By reaching this target, we will be able to vaccinate I million people in 3 days. By the time we open for people between the ages of 18 and 34 to be vaccinated from the 1st of September 2021 we will be able to respond to the demand that this cohort will generate,” Kubayi added.