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South Africa has reached a major milestone in its Covid-19 vaccination rollout plan. The Department of Health announced that more than 8,1 million South Africans are now fully vaccinated against Covid-19. More than 16.4 doses of Covid-19 vaccines has been administered.

The Minister of Heath Dr Joe Phaahla has delivered his weekly Covid-19 briefing for South Africa. In the briefing he discussed the vaccination rollout, Covid-19 infection statistics and the topic of vaccination certificates/passports.

The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) has announced that the Pfizer Comirnaty Covid-19 Vaccine has been approved for individuals 12 years and older. In a statement released by Sahpra, they say that their decision is limited to the safety, quality and efficacy of health products and not due to procurement decisions.

Minister of Health Dr Joe Phaahla

Minister of Health Dr Joe Phaahla has provided an update on the current state of the Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa. He revealed that the country’s 7-day rolling average of new reported Covid-19 cases has dropped by 24% while hospitalisation has decreased by 10%.

Covid-19 Vaccinations key to ending pandemic

The World Health Organisation’s Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti has announced that over the past week, new Covid-19 cases declined by 23%. This is the sharpest decline since the beginning of the third wave in July.

Vaccine hoarding affecting the poor

Vaccine hoarding and inequality have become a serious issue during the Covid-19 pandemic. While rich countries have the financial capabilities to purchase large quantities of the potential life saving Covid-19 vaccine. Poorer nations have to wait for donations as their government simply cannot afford to purchase the vaccines from manufactures.

Vaccination rollout in Africa

Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) regional director for Africa has revealed that around 39 million people on the African continent have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19. This represents just under 3% of people living on the continent. Moeti was part of a panel discussing the Covid-19 Pandemic and Vaccination Rollout in Africa

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The Minister of Health, Dr Joseph Phala said that he hopes that country can reach herd immunity by the end of 2021. Phala hopes that between 60% and70% of South Africa’s adult population will be vaccinated by the end of the year as this would help open the economy and other social activities.

Wester Cape Premier Alan Winde at a vaccination site

The Western Cape is planning to step up its vaccine rollout by vaccinating more people and reaching a new target. 

The South African vaccine rollout has been expanded to include people over 50 years old. Nicol Myburgh, Head: CRS Technologies HCM Business Unit, discusses the obligations of companies when it comes to the vaccination, including providing days off for employees who need to get the jab and who may require sick leave if they experience any side effects.

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