The Department of Health says the majority of South Africans have been inoculated with Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine.

Even though Government was planning to vaccinate people in rural areas with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, the majority of residents in far-lying areas have been inoculated with the Pfizer vaccine.

According to the Minister of Health, Joe Phaahla initial plans were to jab South Africans with the J&J vaccine as it only requires one jab which would have ensured that more people get vaccinated over a shorter period of time.

Phaahla says South Africa now has a huge stock-pile of Pfizer doses.

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Even though both the Sinovac and Astra-Zeneca vaccines are registered for use in the country the vaccines would, for now, not be rolled out in South Africa.

According to the Health Department’s deputy-director general, Dr. Nicholas Crisp challenges with availability would also see the vaccines not used locally, for the time-being.

Crisp says talks with manufacturers are on-going to, in future, use their vaccines in the country’s vaccination programme.

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