- The second phase of the Covid-19 vaccination programme in South Africa's registration opens today
- Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize launched the electronic registration system at 7am this morning
- The second phase of the vaccination rollout programme in South Africa is expected to begin on 17 May
Registration for Phase 2 of the vaccination rollout programme in South Africa for residents over the age of 60 opens on Friday, 16 April. Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize launched the Electronic Vaccination Data System (EVDS) at 7am.
South Africa is expecting around 30 million doses of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine which is expected to arrive in May. The launch of the second phase of the vaccine programme will reportedly run from 17 May.
The news of the vaccination registration comes shortly after the country put the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was temporarily suspended.
According to SABC News, people over 60 years old, people over 18 years old with comorbidities will as well as essential workers and people in congregate settings will receive the vaccine in the second phase.
eNCA reported that the country recorded 1 372 new Covid-19 cases in one day with more than 73 people succumbed to the virus with the death toll within the country rising to 53 571. That being said, the recovery rate is 95% with over 21 000 cases active in SA.
If you are eligible to register, click here.
In other vaccine-related news, Briefly News recently reported that the second phase of the Covid-19 vaccine rollout in SA is expected to start on 17 May. Dr Mkhize confirmed that the country has secured 51 million doses of the expected 42 million.
Dr Mkhize reiterated that protecting health workers against Covid-19 is essential and promised that the government will continue to prioritise them, confirming that all essential workers will be vaccinated first before the mass rollout begins.
On the topic of the suspension of the J&J vaccine, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the US temporarily suspended the vaccine rollout within the country due to the blood clots found. Reports say that the incidents surfaced between six and 13 days after the women received the vaccination.
The ladies were aged between 18 and 48 years old. That being said, there have been over 6.6 million US citizens who have received the J&J Covid-19 vaccine.
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