- The New England Journal of Medicine released a study regarding the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines
- The study revealed that the vaccines do not stop Covid-19 infections even after two doses of the vaccine
- Covid-19 precautions and regulations are advised even after the vaccination has been administered
A team of investigators gathered data surrounding the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines. According to the study post by the New England Journal of Medicine, the chances of contracting Covid-19 after these vaccines are higher.
Studies showed that out of 36 659 health care workers who received the first dose of vaccine, and 28 184 who received the second dose of the vaccine, 379 tested positive after the first dose and 37 tested positive after the second.
The researcher did reveal that 14 days after receiving the vaccine the risk of contracting the virus was far lower.
The data was gathered from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). This means that social distancing, sanitising and mask-wearing are still essential after vaccination to avoid being infected by Covid-19.
According to News24, the efficacy of the vaccine is maintained due to the fact that the chances of contracting the virus after the 14-day trial period are low.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that cabinet members held a virtual meeting on Wednesday, 24 March where various topics were discussed. One of which was the country's vaccination roll-out programme. The Coronavirus Disease Sisonke vaccination programme has been extended to 54 vaccine sites across the country.
The statement released by the government about Cabinet's virtual meeting also discussed other aspects of the country's response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The vaccination roll-out programme's different phases were discussed in more detail.
According to the statement, to date, 207 808 South Africans have been vaccinated against Covid-19.
In other news, South Africans have raised concerns about a possible increase in lockdown regulations. This follows a recent report revealed that the National Command Council (NCC) was advised to restrict gatherings to 50 people and impose a 10pm curfew due to the Easter celebrations.
South Africans have started discussing the possibility of the country moving to Alert Level 2. The report stated that the NCC met recently. President Cyril Ramaphosa's spokesperson said the government is keeping a close eye on developments in the pandemic and economy.
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