South African health authorities will soon know the effectiveness of a second dose of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine against the Omicron variant.

This, according to professor Glenda Gray, from the South African Medical Research Council.

Gray says healthcare workers who received one dose of the J&J injection, and who picked up breakthrough infections, developed only mild forms of the disease.

Gray says about 218,000 healthcare workers have already gotten a second dose of the J&J injection.

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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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The Department of Health says the majority of South Africans have been inoculated with Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine.

Even though Government was planning to vaccinate people in rural areas with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, the majority of residents in far-lying areas have been inoculated with the Pfizer vaccine.

According to the Minister of Health, Joe Phaahla initial plans were to jab South Africans with the J&J vaccine as it only requires one jab which would have ensured that more people get vaccinated over a shorter period of time.

Phaahla says South Africa now has a huge stock-pile of Pfizer doses.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa says the country’s teachers could expect to receive their Covid-19 vaccination over the next few weeks.

He says millions more doses of Covid-19 vaccines are expected to reach the country soon.

Ramaphosa says the local production of vaccines – at the Aspen Pharmacare facility in the Eastern Cape – would now be ramped up.

He says the 2-million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine – which had to be destroyed due to contamination – will also be replaced by the company.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has again assured South Africans that, despite the initial challenges faced, millions more residents would soon be vaccinated against Covid-19.

He said this on Tuesday evening, when announcing the country’s migration to level 3 of lockdown.

Ramaphosa says millions of doses of Covid-19 vaccines are expected to reach the country in the next few weeks to months.

He says global vaccine shortages also affected the roll-out of South Africa’s vaccine strategy.

Read his full address here.

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