Tuesday, June 29, 2021
The Cape Town International Convention Centre that was once home to thousands of COVID-19 patients is now set to be turned into a mass vaccination site. This follows an agreement between the provincial government and the City with formal contracts due to be signed imminently with the CTICC, paving the way for implementation within the next three to four weeks.
It is envisaged that the site will be used for high volumes of vaccinations. The site, however, is expected to work at full capacity once vaccine supplies allow. It is intended that the CTICC will be the first of at least three major vaccination centres in Cape Town. Mayor Dan Plato said that the City of Cape Town began preparation for the site in March. He shared that work included project management, concept design and costing and these plans were shared with the provincial government who, after several engagements with the City, made the decision to utilise the CTICC in this regard.
Premier Alan Winde added that just over one year ago, the teams worked quickly and efficiently to convert the CTICC into the Western Cape’s first major field hospital, ‘Hospital of Hope’, and it became a place of healing for the thousands of residents who received life-saving treatment there. He said that he is excited to once again be working at full speed to open the world-class conferencing venue to residents across the City of Cape Town, enabling a radical increase in life-saving vaccinations.
He also shared that the authorities intends the venue to be a Centre of Hope in the City and province within a few weeks. He stated that the mass ‘vaccination centre of hope’ will be able to vaccinate over 4000 people a day at its peak. It will have up to 50 vaccination stations, with each station capable of administering 100 vaccinations per day.