More than 10 million adults in South Africa are now fully vaccinated against Covid-19. This translates to just above 25% of the adult population living in the country.
The milestone of 25% of adults fully vaccinated was reached after 189 528 jabs of the potential life saving Covid-19 vaccines were administered on Wednesday. More than 19 million people have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.
To be fully vaccinated you would need at least one dose of the Johnson and Johnson Covid-19 vaccine or two doses of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine.
Dr Bha Ndungane Tlakula, Medical Director at Pfizer South Africa says Covid-19 vaccines are safe and is one of the most effective tools in protecting people against the virus. She says that every step in the testing of the vaccine is followed and given a green light if it is deemed to be safe.
One of the concerns from vaccine-hesitant individuals is the amount of time it took to develop the Covid-19 vaccines. Dr Tlakula says there were compromises to safety when it comes to the speed at which the vaccine was developed.
She said “as we were developing the vaccine, we were in touch with the regulatory authorities to make sure that the steps that were being taken were being approved. And before it went into the hands of the individuals or population of South Africa, those steps were not compromised at at”.
“As with any other medications, vaccines do have side effects, which are quite minor and self-limiting and they are usually resolved within seven days of getting the job”, added Dr Tlakula.
She says that only once people have both jabs of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine, then they will have the 95% efficacy that was observed in the vaccine trials. She has called on South Africans to go and get their second jab in order to be considered fully vaccinated and enjoy the promised efficacy of the Pfizer vaccine.