- Cape Town nurse Zoliswa Gidi-Dyosi has become the first South African to receive the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine
- She was part of a group of 16 healthcare workers in different roles who received the vaccine and will be kept under observation
- 80 000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine arrived in South Africa and a further 500 000 are expected in the next four weeks
Cape Town nurse Zoliswa Gidi-Dyosi has made history, she is the first South African citizen to receive a Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccination.
She got the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine which was administered at the Khayelitsha Hospital.
The first 80 000 doses of the vaccine arrived from America on Tuesday evening. Gidi-Dyosi falls into the group that gets the Covid-19 jab in the first stage of the vaccine rollout.
She is a registered nurse and midwife. She is used to giving injections and is familiar with the process, she said that she did feel a small amount of pain according to IOL.
Dr Sa’ad Lahri and Mavuyo Mpambani (custodian healthcare worker) and Cwengisa Dadirai (admin clerk) also got the jab.
In total 16 staff were vaccinated and will be monitored for a period of time.
Over the next four weeks, South Africa will receive a further 500 000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. A total of 9 million doses have been ordered from Johnson & Johnson.
12 million doses have been secured through the Covax facility and 20 million doses have been ordered from Pfizer.
More doses have been ordered through the AU’s African Vaccine Acquisition Task Team facility but the exact number is not known yet.
The distribution of the vaccines is set to kick off with immediate effect, with Ramaphosa commenting that.
In other news, the first batch of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine has arrived in South Africa. Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize announced through Twitter on the evening of Tuesday, 16 February that the Covid-19 vaccine is now in the country.
The Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine arrived at the OR Tambo International Airport. The vaccine doses have reportedly been transported to a secure facility in Gauteng ahead of distribution.
The distribution will happen overnight and the vaccine doses will be sent to vaccine centres in all provinces. South Africans are now concerned about the vaccines' expiry date due to the issues with the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.
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