Media Release: release: Increased vaccine allocation to Rural areas
For Immediate Release
25 June 2021
Increased vaccine allocation to Rural areas
The Garden Route district will receive a larger vaccine allocation as from next week. The increased vaccine allocation will address the slow roll-out experienced to date, due to limited vaccine supply from National Government.
With the increased allocation of vaccines we will be able to open more appointment slots at our vaccination sites and therefore vaccinate more people. We understand the frustration and anxiety experienced at large to be vaccinated, especially with increasing COVID-19 cases in our District.
“We are pleased to confirm that the Garden Route district is earmarked to receive an additional 7948 doses on top of the confirmed 12 157 that we expect to receive for the week 28 June – 2 July. This is significantly more vaccines compared to our allocation for the past 2 weeks”, said District Director, Mr Zee Brickles.
Updated testing criteria
We have revised our testing criteria and the following categories will be eligible for COVID-19 testing.
All those with coronavirus symptoms AND at least 1 of the following:
- Needing hospital admission.
- At high risk of severe disease (age > 45 years, diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease, lung disease, kidney disease, cancer, tuberculosis, HIV).
- clusters in group settings such as old age/care homes, hospitals, schools, workplaces, hostels, prisons, etc.
- health care workers.
Allowing patients to be visited by their loved ones during their stay in hospital is an essential part of their recovery and wellness. Having an escort present during a visit to an emergency unit and an outpatient clinic, is reassuring for many patients and essential for other patients such as young children. Similarly, the pain and anxiety of labour can be eased by having a partner present. Despite the benefits of having visitors and escorts, the increased risk of spreading COVID-19 infection during the high prevalence of a third wave, outweighs the benefits of having loved ones present, and hence visitors and escorts have to be severely restricted.
Western Cape Government Health can confirm that the visitation policy at public hospitals was amended on 21 June to accommodate the changes in alert levels in the Covid-19 pandemic in the province. The restrictions on visitors and escorts, are aimed at ensuring that our patients, families, visitors and staff are protected against transmission during the third wave. Depending on the nature of the service of particular facilities, specific arrangements have been put in place. Should you or a family member need to visit a hospital, please establish which specific arrangements are in place at that facility. We urge the public to please respect these new arrangements. Although we know it is challenging for many visitors and patients we must be responsible and protect one another.
Keep your bubbles small
Now is not the time to socially interact with people outside of your immediate family bubble (those living in the same household). The more interactions you and your immediate family members have outside of your immediate family bubble, the greater the risk of contracting COVID-19 and spreading it to others. If you have to meet someone do so outdoors or indoors where there is good ventilation. Remember to always wear your mask when in public.
Vaccination sites 28 June – 2 July.
|SUB-DISTRICT||Town||Dates 28 – 2 July|
|Knysna sub-district||Knysna CDC||30, 1, 2|
|Knysna sub-district||Knysna Town Hall||30, 1, 2|
|Knysna sub-district||Sedgefield Clinic||1, 2|
|Knysna sub-district||Keurhoek Satellite Clinic||2|
|Bitou sub-district||Plettenberg Bay Clinic||29,30 1, 2|
|Bitou sub-district||Kranshoek clinic||01-Jul|
|Bitou sub-district||Kwanokuthula CDC||30, 2|
|Bitou sub-district||Crags Clinic||29|
|George sub-district||Harry Comay TB Hospital||28 June – 2 July|
|George sub-district||Thembalethu CDC (Sandkraal road)||28 June – 2 July|
|George sub-district||George Central Clinic||28 June – 2 July|
|George sub-district||Uniondale Hospital||28 June – 2 July|
|George sub-district||George & Herald Mobile Routes||28 June – 2 July|
|George sub-district||Touwsranten Clinic||2|
|George sub-district||Pacaltsdorp Clinic||1,2|
|Hessequa sub-district||Riversdale Civic Centre||29 June – 2 July|
|Hessequa sub-district||Heidelberg Duivenhoks Hall||29, 30, 2|
|Hessequa sub-district||Albertinia Theronsville Hall||1 , 2|
|Hessequa sub-district||Melkhoutfontein Satellite Clinic||30|
|Hessequa sub-district||Still Bay Civic Centre||29, 1 , 2|
|Hessequa sub-district||Slangrivier Satellite Clinic||2|
|Hessequa sub-district||Witsand de Duine Hall||30|
|Hessequa sub-district||Gouritsmond Hall||30|
|Kannaland sub-district||Ladismith DRC Church Hall||29|
|Kannaland sub-district||Zoar Sports Club||30|
|Kannaland sub-district||Calitzdorp DRC Church Hall||1, 2|
|Mossel Bay sub-district||Alma CDC||29, 30, 1, 2|
|Mossel Bay sub-district||Wolwedans Community Hall||30, 2|
|Mossel Bay sub-district||Friemersheim outreach||1|
|Mossel Bay sub-district||Mossel Bay Town Hall||29, 30|
|Mossel Bay sub-district||Rheebok outreach||30|
|Mossel Bay sub-district||Bosbou & Brandwag outreach||29|
|Mossel Bay sub-district||D’Almeida Community Hall||29, 30|
|Oudtshoorn sub-district||Toekomsrust Community Hall||29 June – 2 July|
|Oudtshoorn sub-district||Dysselsdorp Clinic||29|
|Oudtshoorn sub-district||De Rust (Blommenek) Clinic||1|
Principal Communications Officer
Garden Route and Central Karoo Districts
Western Cape Government Health