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Cape Town – Healthcare workers (HCW) continue to line up enthusiastically expecting vaccination against Covid-19 at vaccination sites. The moment could not have come sooner for many HCWs, as they feel a little more secure against Covid-19 when serving on the frontlines. Last week, the provincial Health Department got its first batch of 13,160 Johnson & Johnson vaccines, and 3,956 vaccines were administered at 5 pm on Monday.

The Western Cape had 4 269 active Covid-19 infections as of 1 p.m. on February 23, with a total of 274 191 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 258 839 recoveries. In Groote Schuur and Tygerberg Hospitals, vaccinations were held daily with the Khayelitsha District Hospital sometimes adding to the list. The Department said the vaccine program is its biggest yet and that the process will continue to be controlled and any teething problems addressed.

“Said Coralie Snell, HCW Groote Schuur Hospital, who also works at the dialysis unit in the UCT clinical trials: “I was waiting for it (the vaccine) before they said we could get it. So Monday, for me, was D-Day. I am delighted. Thank heaven for having it, and I’m grateful. It is perfect for HCW because, aside from being a preventive, it is beneficial for everybody to have a vaccine. I believe in immunity and in protecting patients as well. This would ideally reduce the spread of Covid-19. I think that this is going to be really good.

Soon after getting the jab, Dr. Adam Khan, a medical officer at Mitchell’s Plain Hospital, said, “It’s great, I’m excited to have been vaccinated.” Dr Bhavna Patel, CEO of Groote Schuur Hospital, urged individuals to continue adhering to non-pharmaceutical preventive measures such as hand washing, physical distancing, and mask wearing. …What this vaccine does just just protects you from serious illnesses and hospitalizations, it won’t stop you from having Covid-19.

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“That’s a message of significance. This rush must not be for everybody now in the first round; we are trying to focus on the most vulnerable workers in the emergency departments, trauma units, Covid-19 wards, employees with chronic illnesses or older age group employees. With 1,890 vaccinated as of Sunday, and over 400 on Monday, Groote Schuur Hospital has carried out the most vaccinations regular. 777 and Khayelitsha District Hospital 89 were vaccinated by Tygerberg Hospital as of Sunday.

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