The Department of Health says it is aware of some issues leading to the delays in vaccinating frontline health workers and these problems are being addressed.
In a statement, the department’s spokesperson, Popo Maja, says they are working on addressing the delays with other stakeholders.
“We appreciate the patience of healthcare workers as we work tirelessly to roll out this large-scale programme in record time.
“There are a number of process-related issues the department of health, private sector partners and the Sisonke Programme team is working towards resolving in real-time, in order to alleviate the wait times.
“We are confident that our partnership across public and private sectors will help to overcome these short-term process challenges and result in us being able to protect many healthcare workers in a shorter period of time,” says Maja.
He has added that one-third of the first 80 000 vaccines will be allocated to the private sector over the next 14 days.
In an official statement released by Health Minister Zweli Mkhize, he has confirmed that close to 15 388 healthcare workers have been vaccinated across the country.