Rorisang Kgosana
Premium Journalist
2 minute read
31 Mar 2021
4:14 pm

Third wave risks vaccine roll-out plans, warns expert

Rorisang Kgosana

The expected third wave of Covid-19 infections will again strain the health system, leaving the question of who will then do the vaccine jabs.

Healthcare workers treating Covid-19 patients at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria. Picture: Jacques Nelles

Whether the government will be able to vaccinate the projected 5.4 million people in the winter period is questionable as the relevant manpower and resources will also be handling the looming Covid-19 third wave at the same time. More than 2,000 vaccination sites have been identified across the country as it gears up to roll out the long-awaited Covid-19 vaccine in May. In his national address on Tuesday, President Cyril Ramaphosa said vaccines would also be made available at doctors’ rooms, clinics and pharmacies and retail outlets. At least 72,666 people a day are targeted to be vaccinated between 17...