Sipho Mabena
Premium Journalist
4 minute read
18 Mar 2021
10:00 am

SA will reach herd immunity by 2039 at current roll-out pace

Sipho Mabena

Calculation estimates show it will take between 12 and 18 years for government to vaccinate 67% of the South African population.

Dr Mathabo Mathebula CEO of Steve Biko Academic Hospital celebrates after getting her injection of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine, 17 February 2021, Pretoria. Picture: Jacques Nelles

Scientists agree that South Africa needs to drastically improve its vaccine roll-out programme, if it hopes to reach the targeted 40 million vaccinated citizens by the end of the year, after it was revealed the country is currently about 18 years off the required pace. At the start of the vaccination programme earlier this year, government set a target of of vaccinating 67% of the South African population for Covid-19 herd immunity. Based on the calculations from Media Hack Collective’s vaccination tracking tool, at the current pace of vaccinations, it will take exactly 18 years, one month and three days...