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Overberg Covid-19 Vaccination Update: Children 12 years and older became eligible to receive the jab

Jan Hendrik van Der Merwe

To date 162 320 persons have been vaccinated in the Overberg District, this includes health workers (as part of the Sisonke trial) and educators.   

“We would like to thank all our staff involved in the vaccination rollout for the tireless efforts to ensure that all eligible people receive their COVID-19 vaccine,” Overberg District Western Cape Government Health spokesperson Roché Butler said in a statement.

“We are also extremely grateful for the patience and co-operation we have seen amongst most of the public. We all need to play our part to protect our community that is why it is essential that you get vaccinated. 

During the past week Children 12 years and older became eligible to receive their COVID-19 vaccine.

Jan-Hendrink van der Merwe(14) was one of the first children to receive his vaccine at the Hermanus Auditorium.

“ We explained to our children the importance of getting vaccinated and how it will protect them and especially their grandparents and they made the decisions to be vaccinated,” said Jan-Hendrik’s dad Schalk.

Schalk and Jan-Hendrik van der Merwe

All children and adult over the age of 12 are urge to receive their COVID-19 vaccination

While all people over 12 are welcome at our vaccination sites, our focus remains people older than 50 as they remain the most at risk of severe COVID-19 and death.

No-one needs to pre-register. Please don’t delay but visit your closest site. Please visit our web page for the list of weekend and week sites or call 0860142142 for direction. 

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In line with the country moving to level 1 restrictions, Western Cape Government Health has recently adjusted its visitation guidelines accordingly to allow visitation at hospitals under strict safety precautions.

“We believe this will bring some relief to both patients and family members in the recovery process and the support offered respectively.”

The amended visitation guidelines include: 

  • Visitors and escorts are only allowed at health facilities under special circumstances and must be screened at the entrance of the facility. 
  • Outpatients: 
    • One escort is only allowed for paediatric, disabled, vulnerable, or weak patients. 
  • Emergency Unit: 
    • Paediatric patients – one escort allowed to accompany patient into emergency room. 
    • Terminal patients – family members allowed to be present, but only one or two family members allowed to be present at a time. 
    • Disabled/vulnerable patients – one escort may be allowed depending on situation. Will be assessed on a case-to-case basis. 
    • All other patients: One escort who will remain in waiting room if there is sufficient space. 
  • Inpatients (adults): 
    • Limited to 30 minutes visitation per visitor. 
    • Visiting time slot of 60 minutes per ward per day. Confirm with hospital what the ward’s visiting hours are before visiting. 
    • Terminally ill patients allowed to be visited by loved ones. Restricted to 30 min per person per day – more people and longer time at discretion of ward manager. 
    • Critically ill patients allowed one designated visitor once per day. 
  • Inpatients (paediatric): 
    • One parent/caregiver can be with the patient. 
    • Parent/caregiver can alternate with other parent/caregiver, but only one allowed with patient at a time. 
    • More family members allowed for terminal patients for 30 minutes, one person at a time. More people and longer time slots at discretion of ward manager. 
  • Neonatal patients: 
    • Mother can remain with patient or regularly visit. 
    • Birthing partner or one designated person can visit daily for 30 minutes. Longer visitation at discretion of ward manager. 
  • Maternity & labour: 
    • COVID-19 positive patients in labour – no birthing partners allowed. 
    • COVID-19 negative patients in labour – one birthing partner during active labour if sufficient space and privacy available. 
    • C-section: Birthing partners not allowed in theatre but can visit mother and baby for 30 minutes in postnatal ward. 
    • Teenagers in labour: A birthing partner will be accommodated at the discretion of the ward manager. 
    • Post-natal ward: Birthing partner allowed to visit mother and new-born for 30 minutes per day during visiting period. 
  • COVID-19 and PUI patients: 
    • No visitors allowed. 
    • Can drop off parcels (toiletries, food, books, etc.) 
    • Exceptions will be made for terminally ill patients. 
  • All other non-terminally ill adult patients not allowed visitors. Parcels (toiletries, food, books) can be dropped off at facility. Family will be updated on patient’s condition – please ensure they have the correct contact number on file. 

“With the COVID-19 virus still present we must remain vigilant to avoid congestion and to maintain a safe physical distance between people.

These guidelines will be assessed and implemented according to each facility’s current situation and capacity.

They are also dependent on where we find ourselves during the pandemic keeping the best interest and safety of both staff and patients’ top priority.

Therefore, we have already adopted virtual communication as a means when someone cannot be visited to connect with family members in the future.

Please call the relevant facility before visiting to ask about their visitation guidelines. 
All patients and visitors to maintain the following safety precautions: wear a mask over your mouth and nose, maintain a physical distance, ensure good ventilation, and wash or sanitise hands often.” 

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