The Western Cape Provincial Department of Health on Thursday launched its first drive-through vaccination site at the Athlone Stadium.
The site received its first drive-through clients via a test-run and will officially come online for the public on Friday, 3 September.
The drive-through section at the Athlone Vaccination Centre of Hope will offer five lanes to motorists.
In two weeks since opening its doors on 16 August, the site has already administered 9722 vaccinations and with this new addition aims to be able to vaccinate 4000 people per day.
Speaking on the launch Premier Winde said: “The measure of success for our vaccine programme will be in its ability to reach those who are most vulnerable, living in remote areas, and who may otherwise have accessibility issues.”
Premier Winde continued: “I cycled from Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital to Athlone to demonstrate firsthand the accessibility that comes from having a drive-through vaccination site. I want to thank all involved, including the Provincial Department of Health and the City of Cape Town, who have made the drive-through site a reality.”