Only 5% of South Africans, who are eligible, have already received a Covid-19 booster dose.

This refers to those who have had a third injection of the Pfizer vaccine, or their second dose of the Johnson & Johnson injection.

Prof. Barry Schoub, member of the Vaccine Ministerial Advisory Committee, says a booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine is needed to further protect people against serious forms of Covid-19.

Schoub spoke to ENCA and says it seems that people may have to go for a booster dose, on a regular basis, as the pandemic continues to develop.

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South African virologist professor Barry Schoub says the adjusted vaccination regime, announced over the weekend, may hopefully lead to a dramatic uptake in Covid-19 booster shots.

The adjustments now allow for recipients, who have already had two Pfizer shots, to get their booster shot 3 months after their second dose.

From today, people 18 years and older, who have received their first J&J vaccine dose, can choose to have a Pfizer booster.

Schoub spoke to ENCA and says South Africans can now also decide which brand of vaccine, whether Pfizer or J&J, to take for their booster dose.

He says there are enough vaccines in stock to administer these booster doses.

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