Twenty-one percent of South Africa’s adult population is now fully vaccinated after 6 187 people either received a Johnson & Johnson shot or the second jab of the Pfizer vaccine on Sunday.
The Health Department said that the country administered 9 419 jabs in the past 24 hours, pushing the total to 16 827 790, while the country is now home to 8 391 620 vaccinated individuals.
Meanwhile, according to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), the country has exited the third wave according to the current definition.
“The national seven-day moving average of daily case numbers, positivity rate and testing rate continue to decrease, with sustained decreases seen in all provinces,” the NICD said.
Latest data also shows that the institute reported 967 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2 896 943.
“This increase represents a 5% positivity rate,” the NICD said, adding that there has been an increase of 56 hospital admissions in the past 24 hours.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends that test positivity remains at 5% or lower for 14 days before countries or regions can reopen.
Vaccine roll-out in the Western Cape
The Western Cape Health Department said it’s seeing a decline in demand for Covid-19 vaccines.
Over 1.9 million Western Cape residents have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine to date, while more than 1.2 million residents in the province have been fully vaccinated.
The Provincial Health Department’s Maret Lesch said residents should ensure they receive at least one dose of a vaccine in the coming weeks to ensure they’re fully immunised by Christmas.
“We all want to be able to have a safe Christmas and enjoy time with our loved ones. We can do so if we are fully vaccinated keeping in mind that there is a 42-day interval between first and second Pfizer doses.