The Eastern Cape government is intensifying its vaccination rollout plan with the opening of the ninth vaccination site in the province at the Cecilia Makhiwane Hospital in Mdantsane. The site is opening amid fears of a looming third wave.

More than 20 000 Eastern Cape healthcare workers have been vaccinated, but concerns about the slow pace of the rollout and the high demand versus the available doses have been raised.

Cecilia Makhiwane is the third vaccination site in the Buffalo City Metro, a former COVID-19 hotspot in the Eastern Cape. Cecilia Makiwane is also one of three referral hospitals in the province.