More than 67,000 health workers vaccinated so far
Of the 49 sites, 32 will be at public hospitals and 17 sites in private hospitals. This includes sites in rural areas to improve access to rural healthcare workers.
Once the vaccination of healthcare workers has been completed, phase two of the vaccination roll-out will begin in late April or early May.
Phase two will include the elderly, essential workers, persons living or working in institutional settings and those with comorbidities.
For the second phase, more sites for vaccination in the public and private healthcare sector will be activated.
“We have recently signed an agreement with Johnson & Johnson to secure 11-million doses. Of these doses, 2.8-million doses will be delivered in the second quarter and the rest spread throughout the year.”
The president who last addressed the nation on 1 February, said government has also secured 20 million doses from Pfizer, which will be delivered from the second quarter.
“Additionally, we have secured 12-million vaccine doses from the Covax facility and are in the process of finalising our dose allocation from the African Union. We are in constant contact with various other vaccine manufacturers to ensure that we have the necessary quantities of vaccines when we need them,” he said.