The health ministry confirmed that South Africa its first vaccination milestone by successfully rolling out shipping of the early access Johnson & Johnson vaccine to healthcare workers thru the Sisonke Programme.
The three-half rollout blueprint began with essentially the most inclined in South Africa, and authorities’s target is to vaccinate 67% of the population by the tip of 2021.
SA’s first COVID-19 vaccine milestone
The Sisonke Programme ‘outperforms targets’
National Department of Health spokesperson Popo Maja confirmed that “63 648 affected person-going thru healthcare workers within the public and inner most sector were vaccinated in opposition to COVID19”.
“The Sisonke Programme is outperforming unusual targets for the sequence of vaccines delivered in its first week and is made up our minds to proceed this momentum in its second week as more sites come online”.
This follows after the second shipment of 80 000 single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccines landed at O R Tambo Worldwide Airport on Saturday morning, 26 February 2021.
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize acknowledged the second batch “comes as the huge majority of initial doses got two weeks within the past were administered to healthcare workers via the Sisonke Challenge.”
Rapid vaccine rollout
Maja explains that the “mercurial rollout of the vaccine to healthcare workers is an major first step within the three-half national vaccination roll out opinion”.
“In precisely under one week, the Sisonke Programme has residing up 18 vaccination sites from scratch, developed and implemented advanced logistics, professional extra vaccinators, residing up an online digital registration arrangement and ensured the get and nicely timed vaccination of tens of hundreds of healthcare workers”.
The targets were residing out were in line with handiest practice implementation of science with the guidelines accessible. Nonetheless, “proper-existence rollout has confirmed that quiz from healthcare workers is in plot more than unusual estimates”.
Therefore, the Department of Health appeals to frontline workers – who are demonstrating vaccine confidence – to “practice patience” while the team continues to scale up the vaccine roll-out programme.
“In expose to make certain the quickest and most ambiance friendly rollout doubtless, the rollout can be adjusted so that the sequence of latest and extra vaccination sites will open early subsequent week, earlier than schedule”
Maja explains that this “will occur in session with provinces and will look to elongate the programme exterior main centres”.
That acknowledged, the team at the aid of the Sisonke Programme utter they’re “aware that there are pockets of anguish dispersed across the country”. They’re working laborious to “resolve for these concerns as efficiently as doubtless”.
“We are going to have the opportunity to endeavour to fabricate obvious all healthcare workers are vaccinated in a timeous and gorgeous manner, starting up with affected person-going thru healthcare workers who are at the excellent risk of contracting extreme COVID-19 and therefore receiving priority scream in this half of Phase 1”.
All healthcare workers are suggested to fabricate employ of the authorities’s EVDS arrangement to register and receive an digital voucher sooner than attending one in every of the vaccination sites. No voucher, no vaccination.
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