South African vaccination expert, Professor Shabir Madhi has again reiterated calls that residents, older than 50, get their Covid-19 vaccine as soon as possible.

Madhi says older residents, with underlying health conditions, have a higher chance of ending up in hospital, when contracting the virus.

Madhi says the vaccination rate of older residents should be increased as soon as possible, before the resurgence in infections, which is expected by December.

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Leading South African vaccination expert, professor Shabir Madhi says vaccinating the country’s children, at this point in time, seems to be a waste of valuable doses of Covid-19 vaccine.

Madhi, dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of WITS, says children are at a much lower risk of developing severe forms of Covid-19, and getting hospitalized, should they contract the viral-disease.

He says the vaccines, currently being given to 12 to 17-year old children, should rather be administered to older, high-risk patients.

He says healthcare workers should also be prioritized.

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