New Vaccine Booster Dose Guidelines Introduced In SA

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The Department of Health (DOH) has announced several changes made to South Africa’s national vaccination roll-out plan. The announcement made by the DOH will have an impact on the way citizens access the Covid-19 vaccine in the country. 


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The Department of Health (DOH) has announced several changes made to South Africa’s national vaccination roll-out plan. The announcement made by the DOH will have an impact on the way citizens access the Covid-19 vaccine in the country. 

 

From Wednesday 23 February 2022, South Africans who received two doses of the Pfizer Covid-19 will qualify for a booster dose after 90 days. The previous waiting period for a booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine was 180 days. 

 

The time between the first and second Pfizer doses has also been reduced from 42 days to 21 days. 

 

The DOH will also begin the introduction of heterologous booster doses. This will allow for the mixing of Covid-19 vaccines. 

 

From Monday 21 February 2022, individuals older than 18 years old who received one dose of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) Covid-19 vaccine will be eligible to receive a booster dose of either the J&J jab or the Pfizer jab. 

 

From Wednesday, individuals older than 18 years old who received two doses of the Pfizer vaccine will be eligible to receive a booster dose of either the Pfizer job or the J&J jab.

 

The DOH said , “The decision regarding which vaccine to administer as a booster should be guided by vaccine availability. If both vaccines are available, homologous boosting should be preferred, unless the vaccine requests to receive a heterologous booster dose, or has a history of experiencing an adverse event following immunisation”. 

People are reminded that all adverse events following immunisation must be reported to their nearest vaccination site or Covid-19 Public Hotline 0800 029 999.

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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