South Africa begins covid vaccination, confirms arrival of J&J vaccines
London, Feb. 17, 2021 (AltAfrica)-Vaccination against covid-19 virus in South Africa is expected to begin on Wednesday, today after the government confirmed the arrival of the first 80 000 doses of the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine late Tuesday
The South African Medical Association (SAMA) had promised that if the first shots arrived on Tuesday as expected, then vaccinations could start on Wednesday.”
Prior to its arrival, the vaccine has been approved by South African Health Products Authority.
The consignment has already been moved to a secure facility in Gauteng before being distributed overnight to the various vaccine centres in all provinces,” Presidency spokesperson Phumla William said.
The single-dose vaccines will be used to vaccinate frontline healthcare workers in both the private and public sectors.
according to Professor Linda-Gail Bekker, deputy director of the UCT’s Desmond Tutu HIV Centre and an infectious diseases specialist, SA has to administer all 80 000 Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 doses before it can receive more vaccines.
Bekker, who is the national co-ordinator of the rollout for health care workers, said if SA administers the doses, a further 200 000 more doses has been promised.
“They will be coming in tranches of 80 000 to these 17 sites for the first two weeks and we will then move to the next phase where we will be targeting more people,” she said.
Dr Angelique Coetzee, chairperson of the South African Medical Association, said the rollout will include two-thirds to the public sector and one-third to the private sector.