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medicaldoctorTimesLIVE reports that senior health experts driving SA's biggest inoculation programme have called for calm among healthcare workers who fear missing out on the Covid-19 vaccine, saying that all of them will be helped.

Chaos erupted at Steve Biko Academic Hospital — one of SA’s Covid-19 vaccination sites — on Sunday when hundreds of healthcare workers who had battled to register on an electronic vaccine system descended on the site. This saw many who had successfully registered on the system unable to get their jab and being turned away. Last week the health department began rolling out its vaccination programme. The first phase, set to end in April, will see health-care workers inoculated with the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine. Fear that not all health-care workers would be vaccinated was driven by news that in order for SA to secure its next J&J batch, the current batch had to be used within two weeks. Prof Glenda Gray, co-principal investigator of the J&J vaccine trial, said that the weekend inoculation process had been successful:  “At Steve Biko [Academic Hospital] we vaccinated 1,020 people. In total on Sunday we vaccinated more than 5,000 which is an enormous achievement. Our daily inoculation target is 6,600 people.”  She added that they understood that people were anxious:  “That anxiety is driven by demand, but we see that as a positive thing. Once everything settles down and we find a good rhythm, with the electronic vaccine data system kicking it, then everything will become a lot smoother.”

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Graeme Hosken at TimesLIVE

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