In this special report, Health-e News spoke to healthcare workers and experts in all nine provinces to get their reactions to the suspension of the COVID-19 Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine amid safety precautions. Sixteen of the 20 we spoke to already received the jab and this what they had to say.
Although the immune systems of children and infants are resilient against contracting the coronavirus, moms who are exposed to the virus on a daily basis fear transmitting it to their new-born babies through breastfeeding.
In the year since the coronavirus was recorded in South Africa, more than 50,000 people have died and the country has been profoundly affected. Health-e News spoke to survivors of Covid-19, and those grieving the loss brought by the pandemic.
A nurse at Khayelitsha District Hospital became the first person in South Africa vaccinated against the coronavirus. Yet, as scientists and government officials race to inoculate other frontline workers, some health workers are suspicious of the vaccine.
The first delivery of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine arrived in South Africa and will be distributed immediately. More doses of the single-dose vaccine are expected to arrive in the coming weeks.
The new variant of the coronavirus has upended government plans to start vaccinating health care workers. While the health ministry has switched from the AstraZeneca to the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, supply of doses is a challenge.