COVID-19 in SA: Vaccine rollout milestones reached

Heidi Giokos spoke to the pilot who flew the plane that landed at OR Tambo International airport. He was transporting 80,000 J&J vaccine doses from Belgium. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa's vaccine rollout through the Sisonke programme is progressing faster than expected.

The programme is outperforming original targets and it's expected the momentum will continue well into next month.

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This as more sites come online.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine rollout to healthcare workers is a critical first step in the three-phase nationwide vaccination plan.

So far, more than 63,000 doses have been administered.

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On Saturday morning, 80,000 more doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine arrived in South Africa.

The single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine has been shown to be 82 percent effective in preventing severe illness from the variant first discovered in South Africa.


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