People With Specific Health Risks To Soon Receive Extra Vaccine Jab

People with specified medical issues will soon be able to receive 'booster' shots from the Health Department. Healthcare workers have also started receiving a second dose of the John & Johnson following their last jabs in February.


Immunocompromised people will be able to get another vaccine dose "over the next week or so," according to acting health Director General Dr Nicholas Crisp.

The Department of Health (DOH), according to Dr Crisp, will prioritise persons with specific medical issues who require further immune protection. Cancer patients, organ transplant recipients, as well as dialysis patients will all be on the list of immunocompromised people.

He adds that these immunocompromised individuals will have the option to choose between an additional Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson and jab.

However, according to the Acting Health DG, the additional jab will not nearly meet the standards of a booster shot, because not enough time will have lapsed for all vaccine recipients.

It's not quite a booster dose because they won't have waited for a long time since their previous doses. It's just an extended primary schedule if you like, and that can be done with either Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson.

He further states that due to weakening immune protection since the Sisonke rollout in February, the country's health workers have also begun receiving a second shot of the Johnson&Johnson vaccine.

Meanwhile, according to Dr Crisp, the agency is waiting for the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) to assess a Pfizer vaccination booster shot application in South Africa.

Before giving booster shots to the other vulnerable groups, he says, the agency will have to follow regulatory procedures and have its systems in order. 

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