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.
After the AstraZeneca vaccine proved ineffective against the new coronavirus variant, health workers will now receive the single-shot Johnson and Johnson vaccine. More vaccines will also arrive sooner than expected, the health ministry announced.
With increased calls, very sick patients and stepping in as intensive care providers, emergency service workers have been at the frontline of the Covid-19 pandemic. Often at their own peril.
South Africa’s government has decided to stop the planned rollout of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vacccine after clinical trials found it is not as effective as hoped against the new variant reported in the country.
Potatoes may be cheaper but the price of ginger and garlic has surged due to home remedies to boos the immune system. The pandemic led to record highs for food prices in 2020, and even as prices dip, South Africans can’t afford it.
South Africa has secured 20 million vaccines from Pfizer. Some South African health workers are hesitant about being first in line to receive the Covid-19 vaccine but President Ramaphosa says that is ok.
On 1 February, Gauteng’s healthcare workers will be first to receive the Covid-19 vaccine. But, as President Cyril Ramaphosa’s speech to world leaders shows, securing vaccines for the rest of the country is ongoing.