The Johnson&Johnson vaccines officially arrived in South Africa on Saturday. This is the second batch of vaccines from the pharmaceutical company.
Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize welcomed the arrival of 80 000 vaccine doses at OR Tambo International Airport.
The vaccines will be used to vaccinate healthcare workers who registered to be vaccinated.
The vaccine will be rolled out in three phases:
Phase 1: all health sector workers
Phase 2: essential workers Persons in congregate settings Persons over 60 years Persons over 18 years with Co morbidities
Phase 3: other persons over 18 years
President Cyril Ramaphosa said the start of the vaccine rollout is going "extremely well", as all provinces are on board with the plans.
Vaccination sites have been established all over the country and there are more plans in place to extend the programme.
"The number of sites that will be available for vaccination will be expanded next week from 17 sites to 49 sites. Of the 49 sites, 32 will be at public hospitals and 17 sites in private hospitals. Of the 49 sites, 32 will be at public hospitals and 17 sites in private hospitals. This includes sites in rural areas to improve access to rural healthcare workers." said the President.
Government is in the process of procuring more vaccines from other vaccine facilities.
Aside from the 11 million Johnson&Johnson vaccines that have been secured, government has managed to also secure vaccines from Pfizer and COVAX.
"We have also secured 20 million doses from Pfizer, which will be delivered from the second quarter. Additionally, we have secured 12 million vaccine doses from the COVAX facility and are in the process of finalising our dose allocation from the African Union.
"We are in constant contact with various other vaccine manufacturers to ensure that we have the necessary quantities of vaccines when we need them." said the President.