While the looting has been confined to two provinces, there is concern of a national knock-on effect.
The Western Cape says the violence in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal poses a significant risk to healthcare provision in the province, which is nearing the peak of its third wave.
But it says it’s ready to take up any vaccine supply that can’t be used as a result.
On Wednesday, the Western Cape has reached its highest daily vaccination rate of 30,000 a day.
It’s on track to reach a weekly high of administering 130,000 doses.
The Western Cape says it’s also on hand to assist provinces that are in trouble.