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SAMA confirms J&J vaccine will arrive in SA today

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The South African Medical Association (SAMA) has confirmed the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine will arrive in the country today and rollout programme will commence on Wednesday morning.

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CAPE TOWN – The South African Medical Association (SAMA) has confirmed the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine will arrive in the country on Tuesday and rollout programme will commence on Wednesday morning.

SAMA chairperson, Dr Angelique Coetzee said the rollout will include two-thirds to the public sector and one-third to the private sector.

The 17 vaccination centres identified for the rollout are:

  • Eastern Cape: Livingstone hospital in Port Elizabeth and Nelson Mandela Academic hospital in Mthatha.
  • Eastern Cape: Livingstone hospital in Port Elizabeth and Nelson Mandela Academic hospital in Mthatha.
  • Eastern Cape: Livingstone hospital in Port Elizabeth and Nelson Mandela Academic hospital in Mthatha.
  • Eastern Cape: Livingstone hospital in Port Elizabeth and Nelson Mandela Academic hospital in Mthatha.
  • Eastern Cape: Livingstone hospital in Port Elizabeth and Nelson Mandela Academic hospital in Mthatha.
  • Eastern Cape: Livingstone hospital in Port Elizabeth and Nelson Mandela Academic hospital in Mthatha.
  • Eastern Cape: Livingstone hospital in Port Elizabeth and Nelson Mandela Academic hospital in Mthatha.
  • Eastern Cape: Livingstone hospital in Port Elizabeth and Nelson Mandela Academic hospital in Mthatha.
  • Eastern Cape: Livingstone hospital in Port Elizabeth and Nelson Mandela Academic hospital in Mthatha.

Coetzee said “We are also pleased to announce that during this first vaccination, the general practitioners have been allocated the next two Sundays between 10am and 8pm a slot to be vaccinated because they are frontline workers.

“But the other days it will be the public sectors and nurse and also frontline workers that will be vaccinated.The South African Medical Research Council is expected to handle the vaccination processes.“

Meanwhile, South Africa has asked the Serum Institute of India to take back the one-million Covid-19 vaccine doses the company had sent earlier this month.

The decision comes after the government put on hold the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine doses in its vaccination programme.