Asanda Matlhare
Intern Journalist
3 minute read
13 May 2021
10:13 pm

Chaos at Maxeke hospital as vaccine trial comes to an end

Asanda Matlhare

There was little order and a distinct absence of social distancing as health workers scrambled to get the Covid-19 vaccine on Thursday.

Workers associated to the healthcare industry queue for the Covid-19 vaccine, 13 May 2021, outside Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital in Parktown, Johannesburg. Some had been queuing since yesterday, and some arriving in the morning from approximately 5am. Picture: Michel Bega

  As health workers around the country scrambled in a last-minute rush to get vaccinated with the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) jab before the Sisonke trial ends on Saturday, authorities pledged that the chaotic scenes would not be repeated when the second phase kicks off on Monday. Lines of people queuing to be vaccinated on Thursday snaked around the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital with minimal social distancing. The Gauteng department of health had to appeal for calm. The Gauteng MEC for health’s spokeswoman, Kwara Kekana, said the department was doing its best for phase two vaccination roll-out preparations. “The...