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.
Get the press statement here.
- “Mix and Match” booster vaccines now allowed, with shorter interval between Pfizer doses.
- WHO urges manufacturers to make Covid-19 testing kits more affordable & readily available.
- WHO cautions against abolishing of Covid-19 isolation protocols.
From Wed, 23rd Feb, you can:
1. Get a 2nd #Pfizer jab 21 days after a 1st jab (previously = 42 days)
2. Get a Pfizer booster (3rd jab) 3 mnths after a 2nd jab (previously = 6 months) or choose 2 have a #JnJ booster after 2 #Pfizer shots (boosters = only for 18+) pic.twitter.com/owdfZETtbw
— Mia Malan (@miamalan) February 20, 2022