- The South African Medical Association wants healthcare workers to be prioritised for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine
- Frontline workers were among the first to receive the Johnson & Johnson when the vaccination programme rolled out in South Africa
- South Africa is expected to have a fourth wave in the next few months and a health official says it is unavoidable
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JOHANNESBURG - With the fourth wave believed to be coming in the next few months, the South African Medical Association says it will be in the best interest of the healthcare workers to prepare for the fourth wave.
Sama says the frontline workers should be given Johnson & Johnson booster shot before the 4th wave hits.
Sama believes that a booster shot would be essential in building immunity. The medical body says since healthcare workers were first in line to receive the J&J vaccine it would make sense for them to get the booster shots first, according to EWN.
Sama's Dr Angelique Coetzee says that current evidence shows that the second dose of the Covid 19 vaccine increases immunity.
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She says protecting healthcare workers before the fourth wave is essential to ensure that the hospitals will not be understaffed.
Acting Director-General of Health Dr Nicholas Crisp says the fourth wave in South Africa is unavoidable and that the two-dose vaccine has proven to be very effective against the coronavirus, according to a report by Health24.
The South African government has not confirmed if the booster shot will be introduced in South Africa.
"Masks Must Fall" say protestors in Durban while burning their masks, many South Africans not on board
Briefly News previously reported that a group of people on Monday under the Unity Group in Durban took to the streets to protest the mask mandate in South Africa.
The protest was led by Michael Southwood, who likened the mask mandate to Adolf Hilter forcing German citizens to wear a star as a form of control.
The protest was joined by other political organisations, including the People’s Revolutionary Movement, Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association, the Land Party and Unemployed Graduate Movement, who threw their masks to the ground and set them on fire, reports TimesLIVE.
The protestors claimed that the mask mandate has no scientific backing and President Cyril Ramaphosa was trying to control the masses with mask mandate and vaccine passports.
Source: Briefly News