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​​The City has opened eight (8) non-medical sites across Johannesburg to assist the Gauteng provincial government in speeding up the vaccination of senior citizens.

Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Health and Social Development, Cllr Eunice Mgcina hopes such measures will reduce the surge in new Covid-19 infections and associated deaths.

In the next two years, the municipality is targeting to vaccinate at least 67 percent of its 5.4 million population, adds Cllr Mgcina.
 
She emphasises that the second phase of the mass vaccination rollout programme gives precedence to people aged 60 and older, as they are more susceptible to the coronavirus, hospitalisation and death.
 
“Rolling out this vaccination programme will help the City provide primary health services to Joburgers who find it difficult to make ends meet,” she explains.
 
The MMC encourages all residents to first register on the national Electronic Vaccination Data System (EVDS) with their RSA ID number or passport (Non-SA) to ensure a speedy vaccination process.
 
“We are excited to have partnered with the provincial government to deliver these much-needed vaccines that will help us fight the surge of Covid-19. We urge residents to register for the programme on the EVDS platform or at any municipal health facility in Johannesburg,” she says.
 
Cllr Mgcina notes that the City hopes to vaccinate over 450 000 Joburg residents that are over 60 years old. 
 
The non-medical sites open for vaccinations include the:
 
Ennerdale Ext 9 Community Centre, southern Joburg
Marlboro Sports Complex near Alexandra
Kanana Community Hall in Rabie Ridge, Midrand
Diepkloof Community Hall in Soweto
Naledi Community Hall in Soweto
Altrek Stadium inside the Sports Complex in Alexandra’s East-bank
Danie Van Zyl Recreational Centre in Randburg and
Yeoville Recreation Centre in the Inner City
 
The MMC urges young people across the City to help the elderly get registered on the EVDS to combat the spread of Covid-19.

Residents are urged to only visit vaccination sites after they have received an SMS confirmation.
 
“Residents can also get more information on the vaccination process from any of the City’s 79 clinics across all seven regions,” Cllr Mgcina adds.
 

Written by Gontse ‘Gee’ Hlophe
27/05/2021