On Monday, 17 May, the Western Cape launched the second phase of its mass COVID-19 vaccination drive. During the current phase, people aged 60 years and older are eligible to receive the jab. Brooklyn Chest Hospital in Milnerton was selected as the launch site by the provincial government. Premier Alan Winde, Health MEC Nomafrench Mbombo and Head of Health Dr Keith Cloete welcomed Tutu, 89, his wife Leah, 87, and other vaccine eligible persons to the facility.

ARCHBISHOP DESMOND TUTU GETS THE JAB

 After receiving the COVID-19 vaccine Tutu said, Leah and he decided to get the vaccine quite some time ago because they know it will help to save their loved ones from worry, heartbreak, and themselves from the “terrible disease.”

“All my life I have tried to do the right thing and, today, getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is definitely the right thing to do,” said Desmond Tutu.

“That’s why Leah and I took this step, to do our part to start the national healing process so we can end this pandemic. We have to do this together!” he said, before adding, in jest, “Believe me, when you get to our age, little needles worry you far less than bending over does.”

Winde said it was an honour to join the Tutus for their vaccines and the start of phase 2. He encouraged those residents who are eligible to register for the vaccine. “I also call on those who aren’t yet eligible to play their part in assisting those who are with registering,” he said.

WESTERN CAPE’S PHASED ROLLOUT

The province said named the first seven public vaccination sites, which include Brooklyn Chest Hospital, Helderberg Hospital, Mitchells Plain Hospital, Khayelitsha District Hospital, Karl Bremer Hospital, Brackenfell Clinic, Albow Gardens Clinic. Over time, this will be ramped up to 70 metro and 204 rural sites.

During the first week of vaccination preference will be given to the elderly who live in Old Age Homes, who will be vaccinated on site. “Our plan is to bring vaccination sites online in a gradual way, the majority of people who have registered should start getting SMSs in the next two to three weeks,” said the province.

“The Department will work as fast as we can to enable good access to vaccination to all our citizens, starting with the most vulnerable,” said Dr Keith Cloete.

“We urge all members of the community and partners, to help us register and vaccinate the elderly to protect them from severe illness ahead of the Third Wave of COVID-19.”

The South African