Some disruptions, but vaccine train rolls on

In case you forgot, on Sunday evening President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the adjusted level 4 lockdown would be extended for another 14 days, until 25 July. Some tweaks mean we can eat at restaurants and sweat out our frustrations at the gym. But other restrictions remain in place: curfew is between 9pm and 4am, alcohol is banned and travel in and out of Gauteng is prohibited. 

The ongoing unrest has severely disrupted the vaccine programme, and several vaccination sites have closed in KZN and Gauteng. But the country’s 35 – 49 age cohort isn’t letting that deter them: this group can now register on the government’s online vaccination portal (our team elders did just that and can promise it takes only a minute or two!). Their vaccination drive officially kicks off on 1 August, although Business Insider reported that some sites are already accepting bookings from people who’ve registered on the government portal. Go get jabbed, elder millennials! 💉

Meanwhile, our continent’s vaccine future looks a little brighter: Ramaphosa said a “historic agreement” between the African Union and European Union meant 17 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson single-shot vaccine would be delivered to SA under licence, rather than contract. That gives us and other African countries more control over vaccines. Delivery will commence from the end of July and continue for the next three months.

This article appeared as part of The Wrap, 15 July 2021. Sign up to receive our weekly updates.