Doctors employed at private hospitals claims that they were refused COVID-19 vaccines at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria, despite having appointments. The Steve Biko Hospital is one of two in Gauteng that are administering vaccines to health care workers along with the Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital in Soweto.
The Gauteng province received 16,000 Johnson & Johnson doses intended for health workers. One doctor who works at an emergency unit at a private hospital claims that she had an appointment to be vaccinated and followed all procedures, yet was turned away before even joining the queue. She said that officials at the hospital attended to people without appointments while refusing to assist those who have followed the prescribed procedures.
The medical practitioner said that she works with seriously ill COVID-19 patients every day but was not even considered to be vaccinated. The Gauteng Health Department responded to the allegations and said an unexpected influx of health workers posed a serious challenge to employees at the hospital.
“The demand for health workers to be vaccinated has been growing which resulted in workers storming the Steve Biko Hospital fearing the vaccine will run out,” said Motalatale Modiba, of the department.
The department has however re-assured health workers in Gauteng that no one will be refused the jab. More than 2,000 health workers have already been vaccinated.