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CTICC ‘vaccination centre of hope’ to lead with Public-Private sector collaboration.

 

Western Cape (24 June 2021) –  The Western Cape Government and the City of Cape Town, together with Discovery Health jointly announced a pioneering collaboration between the public and private health sectors at the ‘Mass Vaccination Centre of Hope’ at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC).

In line with the Memorandum of Understanding between the Western Cape Department of Health and Discovery Health, the two parties will partner to jointly operate the mass vaccination centre to provide equal access to COVID-19 vaccinations for uninsured and insured residents in the Metro.

In line with this pioneering partnership, the Western Cape Government will be primarily responsible for overall coordination, supply of vaccine, clinical and facilities management. Discovery Health will be responsible for client experience, various aspects of the technology solution and administrative functions.

The parties will jointly manage the site day-to-day to ensure that it runs efficiently and effectively, ensuring a seamless vaccination experience for all who attend, both medical scheme members and uninsured residents of the Metro.

By collaborating in this way, the CTICC will be one of the largest and most sophisticated vaccination sites in the country, leveraging the combined resources and capacity of both the public and private sector, and thereby accelerating access to vaccination for greater numbers of residents.

As a result of this partnership, the CTICC mass vaccination site is expected to administer over 750 000 vaccinations over 6 months.

It is envisaged the site will go live in early July, with an initial contract period to mid-December 2021. 50 vaccination stations are planned at the site, with the related administrative and support staff in place to support operations… And bonus: Vaccinations will be free of charge for everyone visiting the site, enabled by payment agreements between medical aids and the Department of Health to provide a hassle-free experience to all residents.

“The site will also have sophisticated cold-chain refrigeration, waste management processes and IT infrastructure, and the capability to administer both the Pfizer-BioNTech double dose and Johnson & Johnson single dose vaccines,” the local government said in a statement.

All residents who have registered for their COVID-19 vaccine on the Electronic Vaccination Data System (EVDS), regardless of whether they have medical aid or not, will be eligible to be scheduled for vaccination at the site when it’s their turn to be vaccinated.

Premier Alan Winde welcomed this collaboration.

“Every person, no matter where they live, or what they earn, should have access to life-saving vaccines, and so I warmly welcome this collaboration with Discovery.”

“This project clearly demonstrates the importance of the private sector in our province and what can be achieved when we work together with them. I hope this is the first of many more public-private sector collaborations in this space, and I look forward to the site opening soon.”

Ryan Noach, CEO of Discovery Health commented:

“We are delighted to further this work through partnering with the Western Cape Government and the City of Cape Town to accelerate the rollout of the vaccination campaign in Cape Town.”

He is also particularly proud that this site will provide access to vaccines for all residents, including Discovery Health members, members of other medical schemes and people who do not have medical aid.

Everyone over the age of 60 is currently eligible to register for their COVID-19 vaccine on EVDS, and is urged to do so by using any of the following steps:

  • Visit http://vaccine.enroll.health.gov.za/ (which can also be accessed here)
  • WhatsApp the word REGISTER to 0600 123456
  • Dial *134*832*ID number# if you don’t have internet access;
  • Visit your local library or Cape Access Centre for support.

Sources: Press Release | Supplied
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