What a time to be alive! The COVID-19 vaccines maintain touched down on South African soil and indubitably one of our possess — a healthcare worker — changed into given the first jab on Wednesday 17 February 2021 at the Khayelitsha District Hospital in the Western Cape.
President Cyril Ramaphosa, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize and Deputy Minister Dr Joe Phaahla additionally followed suit and received the jab on Wednesday.
WATCH: FIRST FOUR HEALTHCARE WORKERS GET THE COVID-19 VACCINE
The first healthcare worker to to find the COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday has been named as Zoliswa Gidi-Dyosi – she is a sister in the Labour Ward per the Nationwide Health Division.
The 2nd healthcare worker to to find the jab changed into Dr Sa’advert Lahri, an EM Physician. The third changed into Mavuyo Mpambani from housekeeping and the fourth changed into Cwengisa Dadirai, an admin clerk. A complete of 16 people will seemingly be vaccinated at the Khayelitsha Hospital on Wednesday.
They will now endure a principal enlighten duration. Later in the video, one can look Mkhize and Ramaphosa being vaccinated.
FIRST BATCH OF 80 000 DOSES OF JOHNSON & JOHNSON VACCINES ARRIVES
The first batch of 80 000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine arrived in SA moderately late on Tuesday evening at the OR Tambo Airport. It is now being disbursed for the duration of South Africa with on the spot attain following approval by the SA Health Merchandise Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA).
“We’re elated that we are in a popularity to delivery vaccination by mid-February, as we had announced. Right here is irrespective of the indisputable fact that the AstraZeneca vaccine that we had procured that’s the reason showed runt efficacy against the 501Y.V2 variant that’s at the 2nd dominant in South Africa. I wish to congratulate the Vaccine Inter-Ministerial Committee, the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Vaccines, Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize and his team, and the Medical Examine Council for responding so impulsively and successfully to this agonize,” Ramaphosa said via the presidency on Wednesday.
Ramaphosa said authorities has known as on leaders in moderately a pair of sectors and aspects of the nation to handbook by instance and capture the COVID-19 vaccine publicly.
“We can therefore peer some Premiers, MECs and leaders from civil society, religious formations and frequent management being vaccinated in all provinces. Thru this vaccination programme, authorities targets to enact inhabitants immunity to place lives and offer protection to livelihoods. We maintain chosen vaccination and we name on all South Africans to place discontinuance vaccination and offer protection to one another,” he added.
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