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As we prepare for the upcoming winter season, Western Cape Government Health will be offering vulnerable groups the annual flu vaccination.

We are expecting a total of 120 000 flu vaccine doses towards between April and May 2021. This year the quadrivalent influenza vaccine (QIV) will be introduced into the influenza programme. The province has procured a total of 45 000 QIV doses and 75 000 trivalent influenza vaccine doses.  

As the roll-out of the flu vaccinations will coincide with the COVID-19 vaccinations, there should be at least a 14-day gap between taking a flu vaccine and a COVID-19 vaccine. We advise that people still take the flu vaccine to protect themselves against flu. However, please note that the flu vaccine will not protect them against COVID-19.

Healthcare workers continues to be a top priority group for the 2021 vaccinations. The National Department of Health has identified the vulnerable groups who will be eligible to receive the flu vaccine These groups include:

  • Healthcare workers.
  • Individuals over the age of 65 years.
  • People with cardiovascular disease (including chronic heart disease, hypertension, stroke and diabetes) and chronic lung disease (including asthma, TB and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and individuals living with HIV and AIDS.
  • Pregnant women (irrespective of stage of pregnancy).


“Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get the flu vaccine. The flu vaccine will not protect you against COVID-19, but there are many benefits,” says Mr Charles Williams, Deputy Director of Pharmacy services for Western Cape Government Health in the Cape Winelands. “Flu vaccines reduce your risk of getting severely ill due to the flu virus. I strongly encourage people with chronic health conditions to be vaccinated against the flu. Getting vaccinated means that you protect yourself and people close to you from getting seriously ill.”

The flu vaccines will be distributed to primary healthcare facilities (clinics and Community Day Centres). The Department will work with old age homes and our NPO partners to vaccinate vulnerable groups. Residents who have appointments at their local primary healthcare facility will be vaccinated when they visit their facility.

The vaccines will be administered as soon as the doses arrive at primary healthcare facilities.

 

Flu Vaccine graphic May 2021 updated