South Africa finally rolls out coronavirus vaccine
South Africa, according to a BBC news report, has commenced the rollout of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine with the country’s President, Cyril Ramaphosa getting injected in front of the cameras in Khayelitsha District Hospital in Cape Town.
The country was due to commence its vaccine rollout last week but it was delayed because of concerns over the effectiveness of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Johnson & Johnson vaccine is a single-dose shot and it is considered easier to administer
President Ramaphosa’s public vaccination is to allay any fears that the country’s citizens may have concerning the vaccine.
Also among those vaccinated with the first batch of 80,000 doses of the vaccine the country received, were the Health Minister Zweli Mkhize and other healthcare workers.
The vaccines arrived the country on Tuesday evening.
President Cyril Ramaphosa speaking after being vaccinated, said, “this day represents a real milestone for us as South Africans that finally the vaccines are here, and they are being administered.
“And I was rather pleased that there were five people who were vaccinated before me, and they are health workers, and it was a joy to watch them to see whether anything had happened to them, and gladly nothing had happened to them.
“And it means that being vaccinated is a fairly straightforward process.”
South Africa has total reported cases of 1.49million, 1.4million persons had recovered while 48,313 deaths were recorded.