Mayor gets second vaccine dose in Brackenfell

Mayor Dan Plato received his second vaccine jab at the Brackenfell clinic on Tuesday June 29.

Mayor Dan Plato got his second vaccine jab at the Brackenfell clinic on Tuesday June 29.

The mayor urged the national government to ramp up procurement and distribution of vaccines, which he said would bring an end to the need for lockdowns and the subsequent harm to the economy.

The clinic is one of the first sites in the city to receive the first and second Pfizer jabs.

“There have been vaccination-registration drives across the metro to boost the numbers of those getting the jab to move closer to population immunity. The City and province are ready to provide a significant boost to the vaccination drive and call for national government to urgently step up the procurement and rollout of vaccines,” he said in a statement.

“I am pleased to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 as a resident over 60. I received my first jab as part of Phase 2 of the roll-out, and it was a quick and painless process. I wish to applaud the professionalism of the staff on duty and encourage residents to receive the vaccine as it is key to achieving population immunity and returning to a life without lockdown restrictions.”

Zahid Badroodien, mayoral committee member for community services and health, said too few people were registering for their vaccinations. He urged those who qualified to do so.

“The Western Cape is experiencing an increase in case load, and we can ill afford to rest on our laurels. While the City understands that pandemic fatigue is real, the risks associated with contracting the virus are too, and we need to safeguard ourselves and others during this critical period,” he said.

Currently only those aged 50 and older are being vaccinated.