Pharmaceutical retailer, Clicks says it is ready to welcome the age 12-17 cohort for vaccinations which open on Wednesday (20 October).
“This cohort will add another six million eligible people to the vaccination pool, which is imperative if we want to avoid another hard lockdown and lessen the impact of the fourth wave in December,” said Vikash Singh, Clicks managing executive.
Clicks said it had administered almost 1.5 million jabs out of the 20 million vaccinations administered across the public and private sectors in South Africa.
During the recent VOOMA vaccination weekend, a massive national effort to vaccinate more people in the country, Clicks said it administered 17,254 vaccinations across 500 sites but reported a significant slowdown in vaccinations since.
Singh attributed this to vaccine hesitancy and misinformation. He said that research has shown that vaccines are safe and effective and urged parents to use this opportunity to discuss the benefits of vaccination with their children.
“With less than 30% of the adult population vaccinated, we need to do everything we can to protect our vulnerable populations who are most at risks, such as the elderly and those with co-morbidities.
“Last year we could not safely visit our grandparents and loved ones over the festive season due to the pandemic. Let’s make this year different and help build a healthier future for all,” Singh said.
How to make a booking on CClicks’online booking portal
Covid-19 vaccinations are free and available for eligible individuals with or without medical aid. Eligible individuals first need to have registered on the Department of HHealth’sElectronic Vaccination Data System (EVDS).
To make a booking at your nearest or preferred Clicks vaccination site, visit the Clicks online booking portal at bookings.clicks.co.za.
The Clicks’online booking portal is accessible with a smartphone or internet access and will allow eligible individuals to choose their nearest Clicks Pharmacy from over 500 vaccination sites nationwide.
Those customers without access to an online platform can also go to their nearest Clicks, where they will be assisted in making an appointment.
28,339 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours in South Africa, with 453 new cases, representing a 1.6% positivity rate. A further 50 Covid-19 related deaths have been reported, taking total fatalities to 88,674 to date.
South Africa distributed 188,440 new Covid-19 shots in the past 24 hours, pushing the total to 20,580,832