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ICPA Covid-19 Vaccine Roll-out

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ICPA Covid-19 Vaccine Roll-out
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13 January 2021

Media Statement from the Independent Community Pharmacy Association of South Africa (ICPA) on Covid-19 Vaccine Roll-out

We are ready to start Covid-19 Vaccinations

On 7th January 2021, the National Department of Health outlined its strategic plan for the covid-19 vaccine roll-out in South Africa. The vaccine will be distributed in a phased approach with 1,25 million front line healthcare workers being the first to be offered the vaccine. The second phase will include 16,6 million people consisting of essential workers and people at increased risk for complications from the Covid-19 infection. The third phase will include 22,5 million people over the age of 18 years. The hope is that by vaccinating just over 40 million people or 67% of the population, that we will achieve “herd immunity” which will reduce the transmission of the virus and ultimately end the pandemic.

A vaccination campaign of this proportion has never been attempted before and to execute this by the end of 2021 will require the combined resources of both the public and private health sectors.

There are nearly 3500 community pharmacies, more than 12 000 GP practices and about 4 500 registered nursing sisters in the private sector across South Africa. These healthcare professionals will have a particularly important role to play in the supply and administration of vaccines to the citizens of South Africa in each phase of the rollout. Together they add 20 000 additional sites for vaccinations. If each of these sites administers just 30 vaccines each day, Monday to Friday, then that would equate to twelve million vaccinations in 4 weeks.

The Independent Community Pharmacy Association (ICPA) is already in discussions with the National Department of Health. “We are busy mapping all possible pharmacy coverage sites across South Africa to ensure accessible and equitable distribution of the vaccine to all eligible citizens,” says Kgabo Komape, Chair of ICPA.

“Our association has delivered a detailed plan of the role our pharmacists and pharmacy nurses can provide to assist with covid-19 vaccination including the distribution, storage, administration, recording, reporting and safe disposal of waste. Our members are willing and available to start vaccinating as soon as we receive vaccines”.

Every person vaccinated is a potential life saved from Covid-19, let us unite to vaccinate!

About ICPA

ICPA (Independent Community Pharmacy Association) is an organization which provides independent community pharmacies with a collective strength and a coherent voice that is heard by government, medical schemes, pharmaceutical suppliers and importantly, the consumer.

ICPA represents one of the largest pools of professionals in the healthcare sector with over 1 100 pharmacies, about 3 000 pharmacists and 20 000 supportive healthcare personnel spread across metropolitan, urban and rural South Africa.

The objective of ICPA is to assist and support its members in securing a sustainable and successful future as independent, owner-managed pharmacies.

In addition to this, the ICPA strives to foster an understanding of the role that independent pharmacies can (and do) play in delivering important healthcare services to the communities that they serve. All ICPA members are committed to high-quality pharmacist care and the restoration and maintenance of the health and well-being of the consumer – the lifeblood of all pharmacies.

For more information and comment please contact the ICPA media office, details below:
shanaaz@icpa.co.za | info@icpa.co.za
021 671 4473 | 076 655 4424

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