South Africa’s daily Covid-19 vaccination rate plunged this week, indicating that the inoculation drive may be losing steam amid criticism of a lack of information about the shots among more remote and impoverished communities.
On 20 September only 159,542 doses were administered, the lowest amount on a week day since August 13, when 147,307 vaccinations were given, according to government statistics.
That is short of the government’s yet-to-be attained target of 300,000 doses a day and also the lowest since 18-to-35 year-olds became eligible for the doses on 1 September.
The country’s latest data shows that there are now 11 848 356 citizens who have been vaccinated out of the 39 798 201 individuals that government is targeting before the end of December.
Meanwhile, Covid-19 cases continue to drop, with 2 197 new infections identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2 886 331.
The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), said that the bulk of the new cases were reported in KwaZulu-Natal after 594 people were confirmed to have contracted the virus.
The province is followed by 366 cases in the Western Cape, 329 in Eastern Cape, 297 in the Free State and 256 in Gauteng.
Further reporting by Bloomberg.