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Mkhize announces imminent start of phase two of vaccination rollout

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Zweli Mkhize has announced the scheduled start of phase two of the Sisonke vaccination rollout programme, following the confirmation of the acquisition of more of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.  

Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize took to Twitter on Thursday, 8 April 2021, to endorse a statement circulated by the government. The statement detailed Mkhize’s confirmation of the official date for the start of the second phase of the Sisonke vaccination rollout programme. Mkhize stated that the second phase is set to commence on Monday, 17 May 2021.

According to the statement, “This, he announced in Gauteng on Thursday, was owing to the millions of vaccine doses that are expected to land in South Africa in the next coming weeks. He said the country has secured a combined 51 million jabs in the agreements that have been signed with various drug makers, aimed at 42 million people.

“According to Mkhize, 31 million are from Johnson & Johnson (J&J), while 20 million will come from Pfizer. Also, the country is expecting about 1.2 million vaccines from COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access, COVAX.”

However, a matter that the statement did not touch on, which has been of contention, was that of reaching herd immunity. The National Department of Health (NDoH) is behind schedule on its targets, moreover, it continues to set new targets without detailing how they will be achieved.

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