More healthcare workers can expect to receive their jabs at locations within their proximity as more vaccine rollout facilities become available.
The Department of Health has identified 13 private hospitals nationwide to be of service for the programme, but the list is subject to change pending adjustments and the availability of more doses of the vaccine.
The department requires that the chosen sites first vaccinate their own workers at risk of infection, and then those at selected hospitals identified in their catchment areas.
The sites identified are listed below.
|Private vaccination sites||Private catchment institutions|
|Ahmed Kathrada Private Hospital||Dr SK Matseke Memorial Hospital
Lenmed Daxina Private Hospital
|Gatesville Medical Centre||Life Vincent Pallotti
Mediclinic Louis Leipoldt
Rondebosch Medical Centre
Bellville Medical Centre
Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital
|Life Cosmos||Life Midmed Hospital
Emalahleni Private Hospital
|Life Peglerae||Netcare Ferncrest Hospital
Impala Mine Hospital
Rustenburg Medi-Care Centre
|Life Rosepark||Busamed Bram Fischer International Airport Hospital
Pelonomi Private Hospital
Universitas Private Hospital
|Life St Dominics||Life Beacon Bay Hospital
Life East London Private Hospital
|Mediclinic Nelspruit||Kiaat Private Hospital
|Mediclinic Upington||Dr Harry Surtie Hospital|
|Mediclinic Limpopo||To be confirmed|
|Netcare Greenacres||Life St Georges Hospital
Life Mercantile Hospital
|Netcare Milpark||Life Brenthurst Hospital
Netcare Garden City Hospital
Netcare Park Lane Hospital
Wits Donald Gordon Hospital
|Netcare St Augustine’s||Ahmed Al-Kadi Private Hospital
Ascot Park Hospital
Lenmed Health Shifa Hospital
Life Entabeni Hospital
Netcare Parklands Hospital
Among the reasons for selection was the ability to enable as wide a geographic spread of the vaccine rollout as possible, given the number of untaken vaccine doses, according to a statement released by the Hospital Association of South Africa.
South Africa is still in Phase I of the vaccination rollout, having inoculated 90 000 healthcare workers nationwide as at March 5. Gauteng leads the pack with over 17 000 vaccinated workers. This is according to a vaccine rollout webinar hosted by Business for South Africa (B4SA), the Department of Health and the SA Medical Research Council (SAMRC) on March 5.
Professor Glenda Gray, CEO of SAMRC, says the country still has a long way to go because, in practical terms, only one in every five workers had received the vaccine.
The number of vaccinated workers is ambitiously forecast to soar over 1.2 million by the end of March, with a targeted administration of about 120 000 to 250 000 vaccinations per day. Currently, the country is administering 5 000 vaccinations daily.
Palesa Mofokeng is a Moneyweb intern.