COVID-19 vaccine | Is a third Pfizer shot needed?

According to experts, South Africa could be heading for a fourth COVID-19 wave sooner than expected. There are talks that a booster shot for those who got the Pfizer vaccine in May is on the cards. SAHPRA is studying data on how effective and safe this will be. eNCA’s Heidi Giokos has more. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) is dealing with an application from Pfizer to start administering a third booster shot. 

This is probably going to be targeting those who got their first Pfizer shots in May already. 

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But is there a need for a third shot? 

The health department says while data is available on how effective booster shots are, it’s important for this decision to be made carefully. 

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It’s also the priority of the department to get all unvaccinated people jabbed. 

SAHPRA hasn’t given a time frame on a when a decision will be made.

* eNCA’s Heidi Giokos reports.


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