Health Minister, Dr. Joe Phaahla says disease-experts have warned that the country can expect the fourth wave of Covid-19, at the earliest, by the middle of December.

During an interview with ENCA, on Sunday, he again urged at-risk South Africans to get themselves vaccinated as soon as possible.

He says the country’s constantly increasing vaccination-rate, currently at more than 40% of the adult population, may help mitigate the severity of the fourth wave.

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Health Minister, Joe Phaahla says only healthcare workers, at this point in time, qualify for and will receive a booster shot of a Covid-19 vaccine.

The Minister was speaking to ENCA on Sunday and said the roll-out of these booster shots is progressing well.

He says close to 82,000 healthcare workers had already received a follow-up dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, as part of phase 2 of the Sisonke study.

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The Department of Health says the country has now almost reached the halfway-mark of its goal of vaccinating at least 70% of adults against Covid-19.

Health Minister Joe Phaahla says more than 18,7-million doses of vaccine had now been administered in South Africa.

More than 13-million, or 33.4%-percent of adults that had now been vaccinated.

He says vaccination-rates among the country’s older-residents are increasing.

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The Minister of Health, Dr. Joe Phaahla says the electronic Covid-19 vaccination certificate will allow vaccinated South African the opportunity to access a lot of different facilities and services.

The Minister last week announced the official launch of the certificates, which vaccinated South Africans can download online.

He says South Africans will also be able to travel overseas using the certificates.

You can access and download your vaccination certificate here.

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