Mandatory Vaccination Decisions On Its Way

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The Minister of Health has announced that government officials are ready to present their recommendations on the topic of mandatory vaccinations in the country.


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The Minister of Health has announced that government officials are ready to present their recommendations on the topic of mandatory vaccinations in the country.

Last year, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the establishment of a task team that will engage in consultations on making vaccines mandatory for certain activities.

Minister of Health Dr Joe Phaahla revealed that these consultations have taken place with various stakeholders on mandatory vaccination, He added that government officials are ready to make recommendations to the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC).

“While there are different views on the matter, the undisputed fact is that the more people are vaccinated, the more we can open many economic and social activities safely”, explained Phaahla.

The minister also provided an update on Ramaphosa's announcement of the government's intention to end the National State of Disaster.

Phaahla says that the National Department of Health has been working on revising its regulations to control notification infectious diseases.

The minister also called on South Africans to get vaccinated against Covid-19. He revealed that over the past two days over 100 000 doses were administered on average. This is higher than the 60 000 to 70 000 doses administered per day that was recorded in the first two months of the year.

“As of yesterday evening, 31 879 000 doses of vaccines had been administered to 19.08 million adult individuals, constituting 47.95% coverage of adults, with at least one jab (56.5% coverage for women and 43.5% coverage for men). Individual adults fully vaccinated are 17 million, at 43% coverage,” the Minister stated.

Here are the vaccination timetables.

Pfizer vaccine schedule

First dose

Interval

Second dose

Interval

Booster

Pfizer Cominarty

Min. 21 days

Pfizer Cominarty

Min. 90 days

Pfizer Cominarty OR Johnson & Johnson Janssen

J&J vaccine schedule

First dose

Interval

Booster

Johnson & Johnson Janssen

Min. 60 days

Johnson & Johnson Janssen OR Pfizer Cominarty

 

 

     
     

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