South Africa successfully tops the one million Covid-19 vaccination mark

The country reaches an important milestone as it works nonstop to accelerate its vaccination rollout plan.

Approximately 479,768 individuals were vaccinated under the Sisonke Program and more than 600,000 individuals have gotten their first shot of the Pfizer vaccine to date hence reaching the one million mark. Dr Zweli Mkhize, the country’s health minister expressed his gratitude to all personnel associated with the vaccination movement, from the Director-General of Health to each healthcare professional at the forefront of the programme. In population percentage terms, KwaZulu-Natal is leading the race with at least 264,389 or about 2.3% of its population having received at least one dose of a two-dose Covid-19 vaccine by June 1st. However, in absolute terms, Gauteng leads, having vaccinated 271,819 (1.75% of population) of its people by the start of June.

By the same date, the Western Cape had administered 144,285 doses – representing about 2% of its population. Its premier Aland Winde proudly launched its non-metro vaccination drive on June 1st to help expand the programme’s reach to the province’s periphery. The province’s Health Member of Executive council said more sites will open as additional vaccines arrive and a plan is in place to increase the quantity of daily vaccinations from 6,000 per day since last week, to more than 12,000 every day this week. For the rollout to be a success, more and more individuals are encouraged to register, and it is imperative that younger family members assist their older family members with their vaccination registration.