The Department of Health has revealed that more than 125 868 jabs of Covid-19 vaccines were administered in South Africa on Thursday.
Of the doses administered in the last 24 hour cycle, 8 310 were given to children. This takes the amount of vaccinated individuals 17 and under to 328 771. Children in South Africa are currently only given 1 dose of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine.
The total amount of doses of Covid-19 vaccines administered in South Africa now stands at 24 471 210.
The National Institute for Communicative Disease (NICD) revealed that 585 news cases of Covid-19 cases were reported along with 40 new fatalities. The infection rate has begun to climb. This as the country is expected to have a fourth wave of infections to be triggered by the upcoming festive season.
“The seven-day average is 1.2%, which is higher than Wednesday’s 1.1%. The seven-day moving average daily number of cases has increased,” explained the NICD.
Sara Cooper, senior scientist at the Cochrane organisation says that vaccine hesitancy from parents choosing not to vaccinate their children is coming from distrust of the government, world view and broader social networks. She says while the large majority of parents choose to vaccinate their children, many will choose not to.
She said, “it is important to realize that often when parents and others decide against vaccination it's actually not necessarily about a lack of information or irrational forms of thinking as is often assumed but rather it really forms an integral part of the social worlds in which people live”.
Cooper explains that the conversation around mandatory vaccinations will come to the fore in the coming months. This includes both routine child vaccinations and the Covid-19 vaccination.