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PhaahlaBL Premium reports that according to Department of Health (DOH) Minister Joe Phaahla, his department is still preparing its systems for Covid booster shots.

As the government looks to halt the surge of the Omicron variant, those eligible for Pfizer booster shots would be able to do so from January, Phaahla announced on Tuesday. The SA Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) on 8 December approved a third dose of the vaccine for people over the age of 18 who previously received two doses of the Pfizer vaccine and for immunocompromised children and adults. “To invite people for boosters from any time between December 16 and 31 is asking for too much ... we will get our systems ready but we will start with the third dose of Pfizer at the beginning of January,” Phaahla indicated. Booster shots for recipients of the single Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine were likely “in a few weeks” once approved by the health regulator, Phaahla indicated. Only health workers, who received their one-dose J&J vaccine more than six months ago, are currently eligible for a booster as part of the Sisonke 2 trials. The National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) is meeting this week and is expected to consider more restrictions on movement and gatherings in light of the latest outbreak.  Phaahla said that if new restrictions were imposed, deputy president David Mabuza would make an announcement on Wednesday.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Thando Maeko at BusinessLive (subscriber access only)


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