Local virology-expert, Professor Barry Schoub says it is still advisable that South Africans continue wearing a face mask to help protect themselves from contracting Covid-19.
This, after many residents hoped the adjusted health- and safety regulations, published this week, came with the ditching of the masking rule.
Schoub says with the uptick in infections, it is best to, especially when indoors and around others, to continue masking up.
He says there is enough evidence that points to the efficacy of masks.
Follow the latest Department of Health updates here.
- Public consultation period on new health regulations extended, as limited regulations remain.
- Western Cape healthcare system ready for 5th wave of Covid-19 pandemic.
- Transitional regulations, in place for the next 30 days, can be challenged in court.
The Minister of Health Dr Joe Phaahla has extended the period for public comments on health regulations by three months with effect from Thursday, 5 May 2022.The new closing date for submission of comments is 5th of July 2022 https://t.co/A8lTwvdQ6E
— Department of Health (@HealthZA) May 5, 2022
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