healthcareBL Premium reports that health workers in the private sector have been allocated one-third of the first batch of 80,000 Johnson & Johnson (J&J) Covid-19 vaccines.  

This was announced by the Department of Health on Sunday. The first private sector health-care worker was vaccinated on Saturday, and by the end of the day 3,000 shots had been administered amid demand "higher than anticipated from doctors and nurses". By Saturday, a total of 10,414 shots had been given across the country, the department reported. In response to the high demand, which led to long queues at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria, the designated site for the first vaccines, the department said it and its private sector partners were dealing with a number of "process related issues" to reduce wait times. The delays and queues appeared to be related to the electronic voucher system, intended to ensure that only those with appointments arrived for vaccination. The early access programme is being administered as part of an implementation trial. The drug has yet to be approved elsewhere in the world. The target is to vaccinate 8,000 health workers a day.


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