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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The Department of Health says it currently does not have the capacity to offer vaccines on a full-time basis on weekends.

Deputy-director general, Dr. Nicholas Crisp says the Department does not have enough man-power to operate vaccination clinics on both Saturdays and Sundays.

Crisp encourages residents to go for their vaccinations during the week, or on Saturdays, where there are clinics in operation.

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The Department of Health says it aims to vaccinate at least 40-million South Africans, in the next few months, to achieve herd-immunity.

Deputy director-general at the Department, Dr. Nicholas Crisp says the aim is to vaccinate as many adults as possible, before the end of December.

Crisp says 5-million South Africans have, to date, been fully vaccinated.

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The Department of Health says it will now focus on increasing demand for Covid-19 vaccines.

It says there is sufficient vaccine doses & healthcare capacity to vaccinate as many residents as possible.

Dr. Nicholas Crisp, deputy director-general at the Department, says they will now work on increasing awareness and by providing transport to some residents to boost access to vaccines.

Crisp says 60% of people vaccinated are women, and urges more men to get inoculated.

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The Department of Health says more than 830-thousand South Africans, aged between 18 and 35, have now registered for their Covid-19 vaccination.

The Deputy director-general at the Department, Dr. Nicholas Crisp says opening registrations and vaccinations for this group significantly boosted the country’s vaccination drive.

More than 61-thousand people, between the ages of 20 and 29, and 30 and 39, were vaccinated in South Africa last week Friday.

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