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New developments in our Vaccination Programme

16 July 2021

With the recently new age bracket of 35 – 49 added to the COVID-19 vaccine registration portal, it has emerged that several of this age group also received valid EVDS appointment slots. Read More

PUBLIC NOTICE: Ravensmead CHC vaccination clinic decommissioned

16 July 2021

Ravensmead Community Day Centre’s vaccine centre has been decommissioned. Our health platform remains under pressure and COVID-19 cases continue to rise, although at a slower rate. Read More

Mobile wellness bus brings vaccines closer to home for vulnerable communities

15 July 2021

When COVID-19 survivor Louisa Afrikaner first heard about the COVID-19 vaccination programme, she decided that she would get her jab after being seriously ill in December 2020. Read More

Oceana group and gift of the givers pay homage to EMS officials

15 July 2021

The Western Cape Government Health would like to thank Hospital Heroes, Gift of the Givers and the Oceana Group for honouring EMS officials who have been working tirelessly to ensure that community members are provided with efficient emergency... Read More

Boots on the ground in Wolwerivier

14 July 2021

Western Cape Department of Health in partnership with TB/HIV care and community carers have embarked on a registration drive and pop-up vaccination site in Wolwerivier on Wednesday 14 July.  This forms part of the departments continued proactive... Read More

More than 360 people vaccinated at pop-up vaccination sites at Boxer stores

12 July 2021

With the opening of registration and vaccination for people over 50 years of age on Thursday 1 July, Klipfontein has a 49 per cent registration rate compared to Mitchells Plain’s registration rate of 24 per cent for people age 50 and older. Read More

More than 100 000 vaccinations done in four days!

9 July 2021

With the improvement in vaccine supply and more access to vaccination sites we were able to increase the number of vaccinations done over the past week, breaching the 100 000 mark in the first four days of the week!    Read More

Its boots on the ground in southern and western areas

9 July 2021

A team of contracted Western Cape Government Health interns, Community Health workers and Neighbourhood watch members partnered to pilot the first collaborative community door to door registration drive in Pelican Park on Wednesday, 7 July 2021.  As... Read More

Hospital’s longest COVID-19 ICU patient recovers at home

8 July 2021

As a person who has developed severe complications with COVID, Winston Cogill was discharged from Groote Schuur Hospital (GSH) in March 2021 and is still dependent on oxygen for severe difficulties with breathing. Read More

Temporary service delivery changes in Western Cape Government health facilities

7 July 2021

With the rapid rise in COVID-19 infections and announcement of the Third Wave, the Western Cape Department of Health needs to act responsibly by reducing the amount of patient contact in our facilities.   Read More

Dept of Health join hands with farming community for access to vaccinations

7 July 2021

The roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccination plays a crucial role in protecting our most vulnerable, this is why it is essential that all communities are reached. Read More

DOH join hands with farming community to improve access to vaccinations

7 July 2021

The roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccination plays a crucial role in protecting our most vulnerable, this is why it is essential that all communities are reached. Read More

Neighbour helps 99-year-old and her daughter to receive their vaccinations

6 July 2021

    The kindness of a neighbour led to an a 99-year-old mom and daughter (65) getting the first dose of the potentially life-saving COVID-19 vaccination side by side.   Read More

Heidedal Primary pupils pay tribute to George Hospital staff

6 July 2021

Pupils of Heidedal Primary School warmed the hearts of George Hospital staff members as they brave the winter cold with their creative hand-drawn visuals and thank you notes. Read More

Don’t let your guard down after being vaccinated

6 July 2021

Vaccinated community members are being urged to continue practicing COVID-19 safe behaviour, like wearing their masks, after receiving their jabs. Read More

Western Cape Department of Health: Ensuring improved access to vaccines

4 July 2021

  With the improvement in vaccine supply, we can ramp up the roll out of vaccines to all corners of the province. In doing so the Western Cape Department of Health is doing so while maintaining equity, fairness and accessibility of vaccines for all... Read More

COVID-19 vaccines for over 50-year age group

2 July 2021

As of 1 July 2021, the registration for COVID vaccination has opened on the EVDS for people over the age of 50 years. This is a positive step in our efforts to provide vaccine coverage to our population in the Western Cape. Read More

Additional measures to ensure an accessible and fair Vaccination Programme

30 June 2021

  In a concerted drive to bring registration closer to vulnerable communities, the Western Cape Department of Health has identified several initiatives to make access to registration and vaccination equitable. Read More

What to expect next week with our vaccinations while protecting our ‘bubbles’

26 June 2021

The Western Cape Department of Health received a big tranche of 191 880 Pfizer vaccines which will enable us to rapidly ramp up our vaccination drive over the next two weeks, ensuring more people are vaccinated quicker. Read More