The vaccination process will follow three phases – Phase 1 being limited doses, Phase 2 large number of doses will be available while Phase 3 will be continued vaccination or a shift to a routine strategy.
The Province’s vaccine rollout plan is based on the following key pillars:
Governance, co-ordination and planning Identification and prioritisation of target population
Vaccine allocation and vaccination site readiness Human resources including training and supervision Vaccine administration, cold chain, logistics and infrastructure Safety surveillance
Data management, information systems and monitoring and evaluation
Communication and Demand creation
We have also established governance structures to oversee the success of the rollout plan.
These are Consultative Platform (Legislature members and Civil Society) and the Political Steering Committee (EXCO members chaired by the Premier).
On the administration side, we have the Vaccine Roll-out Coordinating Team made up of the Departmental officials, officials from private sector, business, organized labour and this is chaired by the Accounting Officer.
Noting the phases of vaccination that start with limited doses, we have prioritised the population in line with the National Department of Health guidelines.
Vaccination will be done in accordance with the following population prioritization:
Health Care Workers
Essential Services Workers
All Other Community Members
This population prioritization is done according to the risk of workplace exposure and the following is a breakdown:
Frontline Health Care Professionals, Non-Professional Health Workers and support staff at high-risk units
Casualty wards, Radiology units, Laboratories, COVID screening unit, COVID wards and COVID field hospitals
Medical wards, paediatric wards, Dispensaries, Mortuaries, forensic pathology units, quarantine facilities, food handlers, and the patient administration office at casualty/OPD
Emergency response staff and support staff in all Emergency Medical Services
Clinical staff (Specialists, Doctors, Nurses, Psychologists, pharmacists, pharmacy assistants, radiographers) and support staff (Porters, cleaners, clerical staff) in the medium risk units (Maternity, surgical wards, Outpatient department, theatres, main Pharmacy, gates)
Clinical and support staff at Primary Health Care fixed facilities and mobile services
Staff involved in low-risk activities including community outreach programmes such as Community Health Workers, environmental Health Officials, School Health Programmes and Health Programmes
Managers, Social workers, psychologists
Administrative staff in health establishments
When it comes to essential workers, they include those in the Public Sector (SAPS, SAPO, Home Affairs, SANDF, Department of Labour, Education, Correctional Services, Social Workers, and Transport inclusive of trains and airports).
In the Private Sector, they include those in Mining, Retail, Agriculture, Transport and other Big Businesses.
The prioritised vulnerable communities include people aged 65 Years and Older and the Elderly who live in Old Age Care Homes as well as their Staff, Prisoners and People who are institutionalized, people older than 18 years with co-morbidities, the Judiciary, Legislature, Executive, Local Government and other identified Community Members. This is part of the statement by North West Premier – Job Mokgoro