Rorisang Kgosana
3 minute read
6 Dec 2021
6:29 pm

Fewer South Africans fully protected than first thought, due to J&J vaccine

Rorisang Kgosana

South Africa has far fewer fully vaccinated people than its current estimate of 35%, meaning it's less than halfway to its target of 70%

A healthcare worker administers the Johnson and Johnson vaccine to a woman outside a polling station at the Kopanong Hall in Soweto, on November 1, 2021, during South Africa's local elections. (Photo by Michele Spatari / AFP)

The department of health have to correct their figures that 35.6% of the adult population is vaccinated, since the rest of the world does not consider the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine which led the first wave of vaccinations in the country as sufficiently effective. Despite the slight uptake of Covid vaccinations in Gauteng in the past week, the realisation that the single-dose J&J jab requires a second booster shot has messed with the country's official vaccination figures, as this required correction means that total inoculation rate are lagging behind even further than initially estimated. While Gauteng is already in...