This is how SA’s Covid-19 vaccine roll-out compares to other African countries

Covid-19 vaccine roll-out in South Africa has been slow. Cartoon: Bethuel Mangena/African News Agency (ANA)
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CAPE TOWN – SA’s phase 2 of the Covid-19 vaccination programme, began on Monday, for people 60 years and older.

The government has set a target of vaccinating an estimated 5.5 million South Africans over the age of 60.

Vaccinations across South Africa are set to ramp up as phase 2 unfolds.

This phase will add another 16.5 million South Africans to the vaccine roster.

Being one of the worst-hit countries on the continent by the pandemic, the country has so far vaccinated 116 741 since Monday and about 500 000 health-care workers were vaccinated as part of the phase 1 Sisonke implementation study.

The slow vaccination roll-out has been a hallmark in many countries on the continent and according to the WHO in Africa, blockage on supplies and financial challenges have delayed the roll-out of Covid-19 vaccines in Africa.

WHO, regional director in Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti says they are optimistic that vaccine availability will improve significantly in the second half of the year.

“As people living in richer countries hit the reset button this summer and their lives start to look normal, in Africa our lives will stay on hold.

“This is unjust.

“We are optimistic that we can still catch up and make up for the lost ground, but time is running out,” she said.

Fewer than 25 million vaccines have been administered in Africa with a population of about 1.3 billion people; representing 16% of the world’s population.

So far only three countries on the continent, Morocco, Seychelles and Rwanda are leading the way in protecting the highest proportion of their citizens.

Morocco has vaccinated over 10 million people with the first doses of the vaccines.

While the Seychelles have vaccinated more people per head against Covid-19 than any other country.

More than 60% of the population in the Seychelles has now been fully vaccinated.

Here are the top 10 countries on the continent who have made progress in Covid-19 vaccinations:


  • Vaccines administered: 10 672 075
  • Vaccine supplied: 10 807 200
  • In use: AstraZeneca Sinopharm
  • Commenced: 28 /January/2021


  • Vaccines administered: 1 794 552
  • Vaccine supplied: 4 240 000
  • In use: AstraZeneca
  • Commenced: 03/May/2021


  • Vaccines administered: 1 460 021
  • Vaccine supplied: 2 500 000
  • In use: AstraZeneca Sinopharm
  • Commenced: 13/ March/2021


  • Vaccines administered: 1 417 881
  • Vaccine supplied: 1 584 400
  • In use: AstraZeneca Sinopharm
  • Commenced: 24/January/2021


  • Vaccines administered: 933 826
  • Vaccine supplied: 1 020 000
  • In use: AstraZeneca
  • Commenced: 05/March/2021


  • Vaccines administered: 852 047
  • Vaccine supplied: 1 181 000
  • In use: AstraZeneca
  • Commenced: 01/March/2021


  • Vaccines administered: 814 258
  • Vaccine supplied: 900 000
  • In use: Sinopharm Sputnik V Sinovac Covaxin
  • Commenced: 18/February/2021


  • Vaccines administered: 600 267
  • Vaccine supplied: 624 000
  • In use: AstraZeneca
  • Commenced: 02/March/2021


  • Vaccines administered: 599 969
  • Vaccine supplied: 507 600
  • In use: Sinopharm Sputnik V BioNTech Sinovac
  • Commenced: 13/March/2021


  • Vaccines administered: 497 840
  • Vaccine supplied: 639 000
  • In use: AstraZeneca Sinopharm
  • Commenced: 23/February/2021

Source: IOL