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Covid-19 virus

A new variant of Covid-19 is currently being tracked by scientists around the world. It is said that it may be 10% more infectious than the delta variant.

Department of Education Spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga visiting a school

 This week children between the ages of 12 and 17 became eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine. The majority of this age group are school learners. This has raised the question about administering vaccinations at schools.

Covid-19 vaccine and needle

As South Africa prepares to embrace the new normal and the availability of Covid-19 vaccines, making the jab mandatory has become a topic of contention. 

Covid-19 vaccines being packaged

The third wave of Covid-19 infections were officially declared to have ended during the past few weeks. The recent Covid-19 data supports this as new cases, positivity rate and hospital admission continue to fall.

Minister of Health Dr Joe Phaahla

The Minister of Health says the Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC) on COVID-19 Vaccines has recommended that individuals who have compromised immunity get a booster shot of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Hand with a needle

Last week it was announced that children between the ages of 12-17 will be part of South Africa’s Covid-19 vaccination rollout. However, one announcement made by the coronavirus command council has raised eyebrows among parents.

Mobile phone with digital vaccination proof and QR code

More than 10 million people have already downloaded their Covid-19 digital vaccines certificates since it was made available for download last week.

Vaccine needle entering arm

The Department of Health is expanding its Covid-19 vaccination rollout program to include children between the ages of 12 and 17 years old. 

Covid-19 vaccine proof in the form of a digital QR code

Last week the Department of Health started distributing Digital Vaccination certificates. However, not everybody has been able to access their Covid-19 vaccination certificates.

Empty hospital bed

The South African government have set a target of vaccinating 70% of the countries adult population by the beginning of December 2021. This target was set to minimise the impact of the 4th wave of Covid-19 infections.

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