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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Health Minister, Joe Phaahla says only healthcare workers, at this point in time, qualify for and will receive a booster shot of a Covid-19 vaccine.

The Minister was speaking to ENCA on Sunday and said the roll-out of these booster shots is progressing well.

He says close to 82,000 healthcare workers had already received a follow-up dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, as part of phase 2 of the Sisonke study.

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The Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine protected between 91 and 96% of healthcare workers against death.

This, according to researchers heading the Sisonke Covid-19 vaccine study, which was piloted here in South Africa.

According to co-lead investigator, professor Glenda Gray, the study was rolled-out to just under 500-thousand healthcare workers at 120 health-care sites.

Gray says the vaccine also proved to be effective against the Delta-variant of Covid-19.

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