The KwaZulu-Natal government believes myths and misinformation about the safety of the Covid-19 vaccination may have resulted in fewer seniors wanting to take the vaccination.
Speaking at a press conference on Sunday Prime Minister Sihle Zikalala said there were concerns about lower vaccination rates in the province.
“We vaccinate an average of 30,000 people a day Monday through Friday and less than 10,000 on weekends.
” Even more worrying is that people who fall below the vulnerable age group 60 plus are no longer registering or getting vaccinated.
“We still have around 400,000 of these seniors – who are at higher risk of developing Covid -19 succumbing to infected – those who weren’t vaccinated – did much better at vaccinating than those over 60.
“This again shows the extent of the damage caused by all the myths and Cause misinformation about the safety of the vaccine “He said.
Zikalala said the third wave in the province seemed less severe compared to the second wave.
” Our third wave was due to a fluctuation in numbers of new cases, hospital admissions and deaths.
“Thank God, the curve seems to be less pronounced this time.
” It was also driven by clusters in schools, which means that a large number of learners and educators in eThekwini, Umgungundlovu, King. affected districts of Cetshwayo, Umkhanyakude and iLembe.