- 33% of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccines have been allocated to the private sector
- The health department announced that the vaccine will be administered over the next 14 days
- Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize stated that all health workers need to receive the vaccine
One-third of the first batch of 80 000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine have been allocated to the private sector. The portion of vaccine doses will be administered to the private sector over the next 14 days.
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said that all health workers need to receive the vaccine, regardless of which sector they work in. By the end of Saturday, 27 February, over 10 000 healthcare workers would have received the vaccine.
The vaccine programme in the country has already vaccinated around 3 000 private-sector healthcare workers.
Business Live reported that the department of health noted there was a higher-than-anticipated demand for the vaccine from both doctors and nurses. According to News24, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine provides 100% protection from death, based on clinical trials.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that doctors were allegedly denied the Covid-19 vaccine after waiting for hours outside the Steve Biko Academic Hospital. Reports say that the Steve Biko Hospital had not catered for private practitioners this weekend.
More than 2 000 in the province have been vaccinated since the immunisation campaign kicked off. One frustrated doctor took to social media to air his grievances about the crowd outside the hospital and lack of social distancing:
Previously, it was reported that during the State of the Nation Address, President Cyril Ramaphosa stated that all provinces have a vaccine rollout plan. The president went on to say that the country had secured nine million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Pfizer has also committed 20 million vaccines and the country has secured 12 million vaccine doses from the global COVAX facility:
"Pfizer has committed 20 million vaccine doses commencing with deliveries at the end of the first quarter. We are continuing our engagements with all the vaccine manufacturers to ensure that we secure sufficient quantities of vaccines that are suitable to our conditions. #SONA2021
"In addition, we have secured 12 million vaccine doses from the global COVAX facility."
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