Take a virtual tour of Cape Town’s mass vaccination site [video]
On 7 July 2021, the Western Cape Government, the City of Cape Town, and Discovery Health officially opened the Mass Vaccination Centre of Hope at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC).
Vaccinations for uninsured and insured residents
In line with the Memorandum of Understanding between the Western Cape Department of Health and Discovery Health, the two parties came together to jointly operate the mass vaccination centre to provide equal access to COVID-19 vaccinations for uninsured and insured residents in the Metro.
In line with the partnership, the Western Cape government will be primarily responsible for overall coordination, supply of vaccine, clinical and facilities management, while Discovery Health will be responsible for client experience, various aspects of the technology solution and administrative functions.
By collaborating in this way, the CTICC will be one of the largest and most sophisticated vaccination sites in the country, leveraging the combined resources and capacity of both the public and private sector, and thereby accelerating access to vaccination for greater numbers of residents.
Vaccinations will be free of charge
According to their joint statement, the CTICC mass vaccination site is expected to administer over 750 000 vaccinations over 6 months. There are also 50 vaccination stations are planned at the site, with the related administrative and support staff in place to support operations.
Vaccinations will be free of charge for everyone visiting the site, enabled by payment agreements between medical aids and the Department of Health to provide a hassle-free experience to all residents.
The site will have sophisticated cold-chain refrigeration, waste management processes and IT infrastructure, and the capability to administer both the Pfizer-BioNTech double dose and Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccines.
All residents who have registered for their COVID-19 vaccine on the Electronic Vaccination Data System (EVDS), regardless of whether they have medical aid or not, will be eligible to be scheduled for vaccination at the site when it’s their turn to be vaccinated.
Acess to life-saving vaccine
Premier Alan Winde welcomed this collaboration saying that every person, no matter where they live, or what they earn, should have access to life-saving vaccines.
“This project clearly demonstrates the importance of the private sector in our province and what can be achieved when we work together with them. I hope this is the first of many more public-private sector collaborations in this space, and I look forward to the site opening soon.”
You can take a virtual tour down here
As of 8 July, 480 000 (0.8% of the population) people in South Africa are fully vaccinated. At least 3.8 million people have received the first dose.
If you are eligible for vaccination you can register by using any of the following steps:
- visit this website (which can also be accessed on www.westerncape.gov.za);
- WhatsApp the word “REGISTER” to 0600-123456; or
- dial *134*832*ID number# if you don’t have internet access.
Based in Johannesburg, Brian Derenberger is a Senior Editor at Healthy Organic Lifestyle.