South Africa’s health minister has announced that the country will start giving Covid vaccines to 12- to 17-year-olds from next week, using the Pfizer jab, as part of a plan to boost inoculation before exams start.
Friday’s statement comes a month after South Africa’s Health Products Regulatory Authority approved the use of the Pfizer vaccine in children aged 12 and older, allowing the government to begin planning jabs for a wider age range.
rJoe Phaahla is the Health Minister. He said that “the timing of the second dose will be informed by further information on this rarely observed side-effect which has no permanent risk.”
Children 12 years old and above will be vaccinated as soon as the government plans to start administering booster shots for high-risk healthcare workers. These people were some of the first to get Covid jabs eight months ago.
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The South African health minister confirmed a final decision would be taken on booster shots after the country’s regulator approved the J&J one, which is currently under review.
South Africa only has administered 17.815million doses to date of Covid to its over 59 million population. South Africa reported 2913,000 confirmed cases and 88 466 deaths to the World Health Organization since the outbreak of the pandemic.
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