Health Minister Joe Phaahla says there is light at the end of the tunnel, for South Africa, in its fight against the covid-19 pandemic.

Phaahla says even though the third wave of the pandemic – now at close to 120 days – has been the longest wave thus far, it is starting to show a decline.

The Minster says the first wave lasted for an estimated 80 days, while the second wave lasted for around 90 days.

Read the minister’s full statement here.

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The Minister of Health, Joe Phaahla says 17 million more South Africans need to be vaccinated to reach the country’s 70% herd immunity target by December.

Phaahla says at least 11-million South Africans, or 28% of the country’s adult population, have already received at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine.

Phaahla says the country has enough vaccine doses to inoculate 300-thousand people per day, which will see the country reaching its herd-immunity target.

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Minister Joe Phaahla says upgrades to the EVDS-platform now allows people to now choose when and where to get their injection.

The minister says he hopes the changes, made to the Electronic Vaccination Data System, will encourage more South Africans to register for and receive their covid-19-injection.

South Africans can now also schedule their appointments, instead of waiting to be assigned a vaccination-slot.

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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.

Follow the Department of Health’s latest Covid-19 briefing here.

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