The authorities has identified 20 vaccination centres across SA’s 9 provinces to inoculate 80,000 health-care staff over the next two weeks, as the country begins its Covid-19 vaccine rollout this week.
This is according to health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize, who on Tuesday was addressing a joint sitting of parliament to debate President Cyril Ramaphosa’s state of the nation address (Sona).
He equipped an outline of how the distribution would work. This as the Covid-19 death toll reached 48,094 of us.
Mkhize said 164 vaccinators would vaccinate about 48 purchasers each a day — about six an hour. As many as 380,000 health staff registered for Covid-19 jabs within the past two weeks.
In his Sona last Thursday, Ramaphosa announced that the country had successfully secured 9 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, with the shipping of the first batch of 80,000 on the staunch track and vaccinations to initiate this week.
Mkhize said on Tuesday that plans to rep more vaccines for all individuals within the country had materialised.
“Critically, an additional 500,000 doses are expected to arrive over the next four weeks, supplemented by another 20 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine that is predicted to be acquired at the halt of March 2021. I can also say that we have secured enough doses to vaccinate all the of us who will need to be vaccinated in SA,” said Mkhize.
No longer just like the AstraZeneca vaccine, the Johnson & Johnson version, whose effectivity is above 50%, was found to be holding against severe illness and death.
“I would want to take the alternative of settling the matter of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine rollout because it needs to be understood that our sole cause is to save lives and provide protection to our health-care staff. First, it is with out dispute that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine has a 57% efficacy against the 501Y.V2 variant and is totally holding against severe illness or death,” said Mkhize.