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Vaccination remains key defense against severe illness and death from COVID-19

26 September 2021

Over the last few days of our vaccination drive we have seen a reduced uptake of COVID-19 vaccination. While we realise there are some people who have concerns about the vaccines, we would like to re-iterate the vaccines are safe and have been... Read More

Improved access to free emergency contraception

23 September 2021

Women who wish to prevent an unplanned pregnancy can access emergency contraception (the morning after pill) at Western Cape healthcare facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic, and beyond. Read More

Contraceptives lie at the heart of proper family planning

22 September 2021

With World Contraception Day coming up on Sunday 26 September, the Western Cape Department of Health continues to promote access to contraception as a foundation of good sexual and productive health during the COVID-19 pandemic, and beyond.   Read More

PUBLIC NOTICE: Goodwood, Durbanville vaccine centres closed for weekend

22 September 2021

Goodwood Civic Centre and Durbanville Town Hall vaccination centres will be closed this weekend (25 and 26 September 2021). Both centres will resume operations from Monday to Saturday from 27 September 2021. Read More

Vaccines remain the most effective weapon we have in the fight against COVID-19

19 September 2021

Data of cases diagnosed with COVID-19 in those over 60 years during the week of 14 – 20 August when the Western Cape was in its peak of the third wave of COVID-19 infections shows: Read More

It’s quick, easy and free to protect yourself against COVID-19 – get vaccinated!

18 September 2021

This weekend, the Western Cape Department of Health will be opening more sites for you to get vaccinated. On Saturday (18 September) there will be 43 vaccination sites open across the province with 24 in the Metro and 19 in the Rurals. Read More

More than 1MILLION people are fully vaccinated!

11 September 2021

Recently reported data confirmed the effectiveness of vaccines when it comes to reducing hospitalization and death. Read More

Covid-19 survivor celebrates birthday today at home

9 September 2021

A delighted Vanessa Joubert (46) has been discharged from Groote Schuur Hospital (GSH) after being a patient in the COVID-19 areas for 52 days, which includes 42 days in the Covid-19 ICU. “I am so happy that I can spend my birthday, the 9th of... Read More

Confirmation – Vaccines save lives!

9 September 2021

This week, the Department presented an overview of the effectiveness of vaccines when it comes to reducing hospitalisation and death. As a healthcare worker if you are currently unvaccinated, your risk of dying is 1 in 480 compared to 1 in 1490... Read More

Our vaccination programme enters exciting new times

4 September 2021

This week the Department once again managed to administer more than 200 000 vaccines to the citizens of the Western Cape. Read More

Groote Schuur Hospital provides life-saving organ transplant service

3 September 2021

Groote Schuur Hospital (GSH) prides itself in improving the quality of the lives of its patients. Over the years, hundreds of patients have benefited from the transplant service provided by the hospital; and some have even been able to have children. Read More

Drive-through service makes getting vaccinated a drive in the park

2 September 2021

Two weeks after opening the Athlone Vaccination Centre of Hope, the site will receive its first drive-through clients on 2 September via a test-run and then officially open to the public on Friday, 3 September. Read More

Observatory Forensic Pathology Institute (OFPI) project update

31 August 2021

The Western Cape Government Health’s joint venture with the Department of Transport and Public Works, and other stakeholders will  reach construction completion by the end of 2021, if everything goes according to plan. Read More

Red Cross associate professor shares her experiences in the emergency room

26 August 2021

“It’s always a huge relief in the emergency room when the patients stabilise and we can send them on to the next ward or ICU knowing that they’ve turned the corner and will continue to get better,” confides Associate Professor Heloise Buys, head of... Read More

Doctor’s appeal: This virus is vicious, we can’t predict how it will affect you

24 August 2021

After a nine-hour shift, Dr Davianne de Bruin is relieved to return home to rest. The young doctor has worked at the Brackengate Hospital of Hope for most of the pandemic and is on the frontline once again amid the third wave. Read More

A new day has dawned as over 18-year-olds line up for vaccination

24 August 2021

Registration and vaccination for the last age bracket, 18–34-year-olds, opened on Friday which resulted in many eligible people queuing at vaccination sites. The fact that on the first day there were so many persons eager to be vaccinated is a very... Read More

Western Cape Government Health Statement on GSH Protest

21 August 2021

The Department is aware of the notice doing the rounds about the planned protest at Groote Schuur Hospital 21st August. Our security has been working with SAPS to ensure the safety of our staff and clients. Read More

COVID-19 vaccine brings hope to Elim Night Shelter staff and residents

17 August 2021

The COVID-19 vaccine has brought hope and relief to people across the world who have experienced loss due to the pandemic. Read More

Athlone Stadium ‘Vaccination Centre of Hope’ one of the biggest vaccine sites

16 August 2021

Today, the City of Cape Town and Western Cape Government launched the walk-in section of the Athlone Stadium mass site - our second ‘Vaccination Centre of Hope’. This will be followed by the launch of the drive-through component of the site in two... Read More

Local female staff on the importance of vaccination

16 August 2021

The Western Cape Province shows early signs of the third wave plateauing. Data shows that people over the age of 50 are now at highest risk for admissions and for death in any subsequent waves if we look at admissions and deaths to date. Read More