The Gauteng Department of Health has opened an additional 25 Covid-19 vaccination sites in the province to boost vaccination efforts, amidst rising Covid-19 infections.

This means that the province now has a total of 129 vaccination sites, 89 public and 40 private. The new sites are in parts of Johannesburg, Tshwane, Ekurhuleni, the West Rand and Sedibeng.

"Since the start of the vaccination programme, we have seen a steady increase in the uptake of the vaccine. More and more vaccination sites are now live, meaning that more people can get vaccinated closer to where they stay or work," the department said.

To date, the province has vaccinated 246 791 people, 184 191 of whom were 60 years or older, and 62 600 are healthcare workers.

Currently, 499 533 people are registered on the Electronic Vaccine Data System (EVDS), and the province has encouraged people to continue registering.

The Gauteng government has taken steps to ensure that all vaccination sites make adequate plans for walk-ins and that no person will be turned away.

"Healthcare workers are assisting the elderly in their homes and other settings to register on the EVDS in preparation for vaccination," said the department.

Meanwhile, First National Bank has announced that people over the age of 60 can now register for vaccinations at branches near them.

Business Insider SA reported that the bank's qualifying customers would be able to register for vaccinations on the EVDS in 600 of its branches from Monday to Saturday, and at 37 branches that are open on a Sunday.

SOURCE: NEWS24