Phaahla confirms govt in talks over COVID booster jab for healthcare workers

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© Siya Duda. FILE: Nurse Zoliswa Gidi-Dyosi was the first person in South Africa to receive the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday, 17 February 2021. JOHANNESBURG – Health Minister Joe Phaahla said that there were discussions around a potential COVID-19 vaccine booster shot for healthcare workers.

Government was waiting for the final response from the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC).

The Health Department was, however, hoping for a positive response so that frontline workers who received the Johnson & Johnson jab could receive a second shot.

Phaahla said that they were also looking into a booster shot for those with a weakened immune system.

“Our Vaccination Ministerial Advisory Committee has advocated for a booster for those who have renal dialysis, those who have had transplants and so on,” Phaalhla said.

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