South Africa commences second phase of COVID-19 vaccination

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South Africa has started its second phase of Covid-19 vaccinations targeting five million citizens aged 60 and above by the end of June.

The country is also aiming to finish vaccinating the country’s 1.2 million healthcare workers this week.

Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize, said the country was due to receive 325,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine at midnight on Sunday, making the total doses of the Pfizer vaccine 975,780.

“This is provided that the supply of vaccines flows as anticipated. By the end of June, we expect to have received 4.5 million doses of Pfizer and 2 million doses from Johnson & Johnson,” Mkhize, said during a webinar on Sunday.

The health ministry said it was avoiding long queues in the second phase of the vaccine rollout by using an electronic vaccination data system.

Fears of a third wave of the coronavirus have surfaced in recent weeks following the detection of two new variants in the country originating from India and the United Kingdom, as well as the slow rollout of vaccines.

South Africa has the highest number of coronavirus cases in Africa with more than 1.6 million infections and over 55,000 deaths.

 




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