SA reaches first Covid-19 vaccination milestone early

By IOL Reporter 28m in the past

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Cape Town – Within simply over every week, 63 648 patient-facing healthcare employees in the private and non-private sector have been vaccinated towards Covid-19 within the nation.

The fast rollout of the Johnson and Johnson (JnJ) vaccine to healthcare employees by way of the Sisonke Programme is a essential first step within the three-phase nationwide vaccination rollout plan, the Department of Health stated in a press release on Saturday.

It additionally welcomed the information that the single-dose Johnson and Johnson (JnJ) vaccine is ’’much more efficacious than beforehand anticipated, with a 64% efficacy rate at stopping the extra contagious 501Y.V2 variant’’.

On Tuesday, JnJ had filed an up to date set of trial outcomes with the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for evaluation, bearing in mind further follow-up time for individuals enrolled within the trials.

’’FDA approval of the single-dose JnJ vaccine for common use is predicted this weekend, paving the wave for comparable approval by SAHPRA in a couple of weeks. Until then, the early entry JnJ vaccine will proceed to be offered by way of the Sisonke partnership between authorities and the South African MRC.’’

The second batch of the JnJ vaccine arrived at OR Tambo International Airport in Gauteng on Saturday. The consignment might be moved to a safe facility in Gauteng earlier than being distributed to the assorted vaccine centres in all provinces.

Commenting on the Sisonke Programme, the division stated: ’’In just below one week, the Sisonke Programme has arrange 18 vaccination websites, developed and carried out advanced logistics (together with chilly chain administration, distribution of vaccines, vial filling), skilled further vaccinators, arrange an internet digital registration system and ensured the protected and well timed vaccination of tens of hundreds of healthcare employees.

’’The Sisonke Programme is outperforming authentic targets for variety of vaccines delivered in its first week and is about to proceed this momentum in its second week as extra websites come on-line.

‘’The demand for the early entry JnJ vaccine continues to extend. The Department of Health, the Sisonke Programme group and personal sector companions are inspired by the turnout of colleagues at vaccination websites.

’’Healthcare employees are demonstrating vaccine confidence and belief within the system. We welcome and applaud this effort, and enchantment to healthcare employees to observe persistence as we proceed to scale up the rollout of this unprecedented life-saving nationwide effort to colleagues who’ve been on the entrance line of the battle towards Covid-19.

‘’Real-life rollout has proven that demand from healthcare employees is in extra of authentic estimates. In order to make sure the quickest and most effective rollout doable, the rollout might be adjusted in order that the collection of new and extra vaccination websites will begin early subsequent week, forward of schedule. This will happen in session with provinces and can search to increase the programme exterior main centres.

’’At a nationwide stage the Sisonke Programme has exceeded expectations. We are conscious that there are pockets of problem dispersed throughout the nation, and we’re working arduous to unravel for these issues as effectively as doable.

’’We enchantment to healthcare employees to assist us on this nationwide effort by following the registration pointers and practising persistence at websites. Each healthcare employee is a crucial a part of the wholesome functioning of our well being system.

’’We will endeavour to make sure that all healthcare employees are vaccinated in a timeous and honest means, beginning with patient-facing healthcare employees who’re on the highest danger of contracting extreme Covid-19 and due to this fact receiving precedence standing on this a part of Phase 1.

’’The fast safety of affected person going through healthcare employees is an pressing precedence for the well being system and for the nation.’’


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