Vaccinating during third wave will be a challenge - expert

File: A healthcare worker receives a dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine against the COVID-19 coronavirus. AFP/Phill Magakoe

JOHANNESBURG - It will be a challenge vaccinating people in the third wave of COVID-19 infections,  according to vaccinology expert Shabir Madhi.

More than 73,000 health workers have been vaccinated since the rollout began.

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"In all likelihood, we'll be getting a substantial vaccine in April/May, meaning we'll be vaccinating through the next wave, essentially, the third wave. It is going to be a challenge," says Madhi.

Another hospital in Johannesburg will open its vaccination centre on Tuesday.

The government aims to vaccinate around 1.1 million people by the end of March. 

Meanwhile, the Health Department reported 566 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours. 

According to the department, 84 more people died due to the virus, taking South Africa's death toll to 50,077.


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