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First Covid-19 vaccinations done in South Africa

First Covid-19 vaccinations done in South Africa

President Cyril Ramaphosa, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize  and Deputy Minister Dr. Joe Phaahla as well as the healthcare workers vaccinated at Khayelitsha District Hospital in the Western Cape Province

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Cape Town nurse Zoliswa Gidi-Dyosi became the first South African to receive the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine at the Khayelitsha Hospital on Wednesday.  Gidi-Dyosi received her jab after a consignment of 80 000 doses arrived from the US on Tuesday night.

Gidi-Dyosi was part of a contingent of healthcare workers that received the first doses of the Johnson and Johnson jabs at the Khayelitsha district hospital in Cape Town on Wednesday.

Gidi-Dyosi is a registered nurse and midwife.

She was joined by her colleagues Dr. Sa’ad Lahri an emergency physician, Mavuyo Mpambani a housekeeping healthcare worker and Cwengisa Dadirai, an admin clerk.

16 healthcare workers in total will be vaccinated today. The vaccinated healthcare workers will now undergo a period of medical observation.

Meanwhile, President Cyril Ramaphosa and Health Minister Zweli Mkhize also got their vaccination jabs at the same hospital on Wednesday afternoon.

Ramaphosa, who was wearing a suit, rolled up his shirt and took the jab on his left arm. After receiving his jab, he was in good spirits, joking with the nurse and he signalled with a thumbs up.

South Africa is kicking off its vaccination programme with Johnson & Johnson vaccines after it took a decision to put AstraZeneca vaccines on hold last week.

South Africa had procured one million doses, but a study raised concerns about the efficacy of the AstraZeneca vaccine dealing with the 501Y.V2 variant, which has become the dominant Covid-19 variant in South Africa since December.

In the next four weeks, South Africa is expected to receive 500 000 more Johnson & Johnson doses.

South Africa has secured nine million Johnson & Johnson doses, 12 million vaccine doses from the Covax facility, 20 million doses from Pfizer and an undisclosed number of doses through the AU’s African Vaccine Acquisition Task Team facility.


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