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SA teens to receive their jabs + get your vaccine certificate online and more Covid-19 updates
Last update: Friday, 15 October 2021
- 12 -17 year olds to receive vaccines from 20 October
- Vaccinated South Africans can download their vaccine certificates
- WATCH: Vaccine myths debunked
- SA on Level 1 as off September 30
12 – 17 YEAR OLDS TO GET VACCINES FROM 20 OCTOBER
Health Minister Joe Phaahla announced during a press briefing on Friday 15 October, that vaccines will be opened to children between 12 - 17 year olds. According to News24, only one dose of the Pfizer vaccine will be administered, as there is still research being done to assess the safety of a second dose to this age group.
Director General of Health Dr Nicholas Crisp added that there is no parental consent required as the Children’s Act permits children between the ages of 12 -17 access to medical treatment without parental concern, with certain regulations.
VACCINATED CAN NOW DOWNLOAD CERTIFICATES
Vaccinated South Africans are now able to download their Covid-19 digital vaccination certificate for ease of access. The digital certificate, which already has an easy to scan QR code, now allows users to download their certificates and can be accessed through a cell phone or tablet or printed out.
The Department of Health (DOH) launched the Covid-19 vaccine portal on 5 October 2021, allowing users to establish a QR code containing their vaccination status, with 1,5 million certificates issued as of 14 October 2021. Register here to get yours.
Here’s how it works:
Users are required to fill in their contact details, ID or passport number and proof of Electronic Vaccination Data System (EVDS) code.
You will then receive a one-time pin (OTP) that will confirm the information you provided.
The OTP can be used to access the QR code, which you can scan to receive your digital vaccine vaccination and can be downloaded and printed.
WATCH: NEW COVID-19 VACCINE MYTHS GET BUSTED BY EPIDEMIOLOGISTS
Make an informed choice about getting the Covid-19 vaccine by watching Science Insider’s Debunked series, where scientists Dr Nipunie Rajapakse and Dr Maria Elena Bottazzi debunk 13 myths about the Covid-19 vaccine. Some of these include the dependence of herd immunity to avoid vaccination, receiving vaccines that carry diseases and more.
ICYMI: SA MOVES TO LEVEL 1 + NEW REGULATIONS
Plus we at level 1 since President Cyril Ramaphosa's speech on Thursday, 30 September.
Ramaphosa eased some restrictions: sales for off-site alcohol consumption open from Monday - Friday, curfew extended by an hour to midnight - 4am and the increase of indoor gatherings to 750 people and 2000 people outdoors. Find the full details here.
COVID-19 UPDATE IN WESTERN CAPE: THE SITUATION NOW
The Western Cape had administered 3 270 669 vaccines as of 15 October and the recorded 2 690 active cases of Covid-19 (currently infected patients), with a total of 521 868 confirmed cases, according to the Western Cape government’s dashboard.
Below are the Western Cape stats, according to the WC government’s dashboard as of 15 October:
- 3 270 669 total vaccines administered
- 499 140 recorded recoveries
- 20 038 deaths
- 2 690 active cases
COVID-19 IN SOUTH AFRICA: THE SITUATION NOW
As of 14 October, the National Department of Health had administered a total of 19 899 964 vaccines. So far, the national total of reported cases stands at 2 914 827 cases. Here are the official figures, according to the Department of Health:
- 2 802 980 recorded recoveries, with a 96,2% recovery rate
- 18 090 841 tests have been conducted
- 88 506 total deaths
- 23 341 active cases
THESE ARE THE BASICS TO STAYING SAFE
Here’s how we can stay safe according to the official coronavirus website:
Wash your hands regularly with soap or an alcohol-based hand sanitiser. It’s still one of the most effective ways to keep the virus at bay.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Cover your mouth or nose when you cough or sneeze with a flexed elbow or tissue, then throw the tissue in the bin.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
HOW SOUTH AFRICA EASES IN AND OUT OF LOCKDOWN
There is a risk-adjusted lockdown strategy in place. There are 5 levels, which will work similarly to loadshedding. These levels are implemented based on the number of new infections and healthcare-system readiness. We are currently under level 2 lockdown.
For the latest regulation changes that should come with a new level, read our lockdown news update.
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