Reitumetse Makwea
Digital Intern
2 minute read
6 Mar 2021
7:03 am

SA’s roll-out plan for vaccine jabs spelled out

Reitumetse Makwea

More must be done immediately to ensure lower-income countries have faster access to Covid-19 vaccines.

The current inoculation of healthcare workers is part of an extended study as the Johnson and Johnson vaccine is yet to receive authority from the health product regulator of South Africa. Picture: Michel Bega

Approval for the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) Covid-19 vaccine is still hanging in the air as testing on healthcare workers is ongoing. This emerged in a media briefing on Friday and even though the J&J vaccine has not yet been approved for roll-out but only for use under trial purposes, more than 92,000 people – mainly healthcare workers – have been vaccinated to date. According to South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) Professor Glenda Gray, they are currently on the first phase of the Sisonke programme and are targeting healthcare workers in a 70:30 split of the public and private...