Covid19 Update: Over 1 Million South Africans Have Been Vaccinated as of 1 June

Covid19 Update: Over 1 Million South Africans Have Been Vaccinated as of 1 June

- Over one million South African citizens have received either the Johnson & Johnson or their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine as of Tuesday, 1 June

- Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize made the announcement that South Africa is taking the right steps towards fighting the global pandemic caused by Covid-19

- Looking at the daily numbers of new infections, it is clear to see that there has been a significant increase in daily reported infections, which is definitely something to be wary of

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Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize announced on Tuesday, 1 June that over one million South Africans have been vaccinated against Covid-19. The total number of people vaccinated is 1 045 104.

The above number includes 479 768 frontline healthcare workers and over 565 336 citizens who are over the age of 60. The frontline healthcare workers were vaccinated during the Sisonke Programme in Phase 1.

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The elderly citizens have been participating in the inoculation drive since the start of Phase 2 in mid-May.

Covid19 Update: Over 1 Million South Africans Have Been Vaccinated as of 1 June
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize revealed that over one million South Africans have been vaccinated. Image: GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/POOL/AFP
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Covid-19 update

According to IOL, the third wave of infections has arrived in certain parts of South Africa. Mkhize stated that there were a whopping 3 614 new infections reported in Mzansi. Sadly, there were 95 Covid-19 related deaths reported.

Mkhize added that around 36 600 Covid-19 tests were conducted.

Different vaccines

A report by News24 made mention of the fact that the healthcare workers and elderly residents received different vaccines. The frontline workers received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine while the elderly citizens received their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

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No booze restrictions

Previously, Briefly News reported that the alcohol industry shared that it was relieved after President Cyril Ramaphosa's Nation Address on Sunday, 30 May. There have been no changes made to the sale of alcohol in the country.

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Although the country's curfew has been shortened and gatherings tightened, there were no separate announcements made in terms of alcohol restrictions. Sales of alcoholic beverages thus remain open.

Compliance with regulations

The National Liquor Traders Council stated that the alcohol industry had taken extra steps to ensure it complies with SA's lockdown regulations.

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