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On Wednesday afternoon, President Cyril Ramaphosa issued a statement to the media to confirm that the first batch of vaccines would be ready from today, 17 February…

“To demonstrate our confidence in this vaccine and help allay any fears that people may have, the Minister of Health and I will join the first health care workers to receive the vaccine in Khayelitsha,” said the president.

He joined the first health care workers to receive the vaccine in Khayelitsha this afternoon.

“We have called on leaders in various sectors and parts of the country to lead by example and get inoculated publicly. We will therefore witness some Premiers, MECs and leaders from civil society, religious formations and traditional leadership being vaccinated in all provinces.”

 

Distribution across the country currently taking place – with healthcare workers as a priority

The 80 000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson is “being prepared for distribution across South Africa with immediate effect.”

Since the batch has already been approved by the SA Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) under the Sisonke protocol, there will be no delay in distribution of the vaccines.

In order to protect South Africa’s frontline workers, the vaccination process would begin with immediate effect.

“The Johnson & Johnson vaccine has been shown in extensive trials to be safe and efficacious and will protect our health care workers from illness and death from COVID-19,” said the President.

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