Limpopo Health encourages travellers to use vaccination points at roadblocks

19 December 2021, 3:10 PM
The Limpopo Health department says it's on high alert as travellers make their way to the province for the festive season. This time last year, the province saw a rise in COVID-19 infections, with authorities blaming the spike on inter-provincial movement.
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The Department of Health has reminded the public that booster COVID-19 vaccines are available. People who received the second dose of their Pfizer jab at least six months ago can now get their booster shot.

‘SA has not reached COVID-19 vaccination target’ 30 December 2021, 8:31 PM

South Africa has not reached its ambitious coronavirus vaccination target for the year.

Health department reiterates call for youth to vaccinate against COVID-19 29 December 2021, 7:50 AM

The Department of Health has reiterated the call for young people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as the festive season continues.

Moderna could be ready to develop Omicron booster in weeks – CEO 21 December 2021, 11:13 AM

COVID-19 vaccine maker Moderna does not expect any problems in developing a booster shot to protect against the Omicron variant of the coronavirus and could begin work in a few weeks, Chief Executive Stephane Bancel said in an interview.

Phaahla concerned about the decline in COVID-19 vaccinations 17 December 2021, 1:11 PM

Health Minister, Joe Phaahla has raised concerns about the decline in the uptake of  COVID-19 vaccinations in the last few days. Briefing the media on Friday morning, Phaahla says this will have a negative impact on the fight against the Omicron coronavirus variant.

SA to donate J&J COVID-19 vaccines to other African countries 17 December 2021, 11:31 AM

The South African Government has signed an agreement with the African Vaccination Acquisition Trust (AVAT) to donate more than 2 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccines to African countries.

Concerns over sharp increase of North West healthcare workers contracting COVID-19 16 December 2021, 7:07 AM

Health authorities in the North West have raised concerns about the sharp increase in coronavirus infections among healthcare workers.

Anti-vaccine NGOs heading to court over decision to vaccinate children 15 December 2021, 10:52 AM

A group of anti-vaccine NGOs advocating for children's rights is heading to the High Court in Pretoria on Wednesday. The group is seeking a court date to have its matter heard after filing an urgent application to interdict government from vaccinating their children.

Free State Health concerned about the spike in COVID-19 daily infections driven by Omicron variant 14 December 2021, 11:17 AM

The Free State Department of Health is concerned with the rapid rise of COVID-19 daily infections in the province driven by the Omicron variant.

Nxesi hints on imminent vaccine mandate for workers 11 December 2021, 3:18 PM

Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi has warned that government could soon take a decision on mandatory vaccinations for workers.

KZN government to partner with religious groups, traditional leaders in vaccination drive 11 December 2021, 2:06 PM

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala says the provincial government will partner with religious groups and traditional leaders to enhance the COVID-19 vaccination roll-out campaign.

More than 17 million people in SA vaccinated with at least one dose of J&J or Pfizer: Dr Crisp 10 December 2021, 1:03 PM

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Video | Health Ministry media briefing on COVID-19 in SA 10 December 2021, 8:02 AM

Health Minister Dr Joe Phaahla and Deputy Minister of  Health Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo brief the media on government’s efforts in the fight against  COVID-19 and the national vaccination rollout programme.

SAHPRA approves third dose of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine 9 December 2021, 7:01 AM

The South African Health Products Authority (SAHPRA) has approved a third (booster) dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for individuals aged 18 years and older.

Western Cape launches Vaxi Taxi mobile vaccination drive 7 December 2021, 5:22 PM

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Funeral parlours in Soweto encourage residents to take COVID-19 vaccination 7 December 2021, 4:11 PM

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Vaccine mandates in South Africa: where are they most needed? 7 December 2021, 2:27 PM

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Govt working to finalise mandatory vaccination consultations: Labour Minister 7 December 2021, 11:58 AM

Labour and Employment Minister Thulas Nxesi says government is now working to finalise consultations on the introduction of mandatory COVID-19 vaccination in the country.

Mixing Pfizer, AstraZ COVID-19 shots with Moderna gives better immune response -UK study 7 December 2021, 7:21 AM

A major British study into mixing COVID-19 vaccines has found that people had a better immune response when they received a first dose of AstraZeneca or Pfizer-BioNTech shots followed by Moderna nine weeks later.

World Bank says its funding helped deliver 100 mln COVID-19 vaccine doses 7 December 2021, 6:44 AM

The World Bank on Monday said its funding had helped deliver 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines around the world and it would reach the 150-million mark by the end of the month if doses arrive as expected.

FEDUSA NEC to meet to discuss mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations 6 December 2021, 8:02 PM

The country's third-biggest labour federation, FEDUSA has deferred a decision on whether or not to support the introduction of mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations in the country.

SA’s Biovac to start making Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in early 2022 : Exec 6 December 2021, 6:51 PM

South Africa's Biovac Institute will start making Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine early next year after receiving the drug substance from Europe, a Pfizer executive said on Monday.

University of Venda implements mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy 6 December 2021, 11:51 AM

The University of Venda in Thohoyandou Limpopo has implemented a mandatory vaccination policy for students and staff. University Spokesperson Takalani Dzaga says the policy will be effective from January 1, 2022.

Busa calls for churches to be turned into vaccine sites 6 December 2021, 6:26 AM

Business Unity South Africa (Busa) chief executive Cas Coovadia has encouraged churches and other places in which people gather to be open to the idea of making them vaccination sites.

57 949 people received COVID-19 vaccine on Saturday: Health Department 5 December 2021, 8:30 AM

The Department of Health says 57 949 people in South Africa received a COVID-19 vaccine on Saturday. This takes the overall number of  COVID-19 vaccines administered to 26 324 383 in the country.

Phaahla calls on people to get fully vaccinated, avoid indoor gatherings as COVID-19 cases spike in SA 4 December 2021, 8:17 AM

Health Minister, Dr Joe Phaahla, has appealed for people to avoid indoor gatherings, due to the high transmissibility of the new COVID-19 Omicron variant. He has reiterated the call for people who haven't received their second Pfizer dose to complete their vaccinations.

Makhura concerned about unvaccinated people in Gauteng 2 December 2021, 2:17 PM

Gauteng Premier David Makhura says he's concerned about the eight-million unvaccinated people in the province.

Aspen aims to eventually produce 1.3 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines for Africa 1 December 2021, 6:32 AM

South African pharmaceutical company Aspen says its aim is to eventually produce 1.3 billion doses of coronavirus vaccines for Africa.

Gauteng residents take COVID-19 vaccine amid rise in infections 28 November 2021, 3:08 PM

Gauteng residents who received their second vaccination today say they feel much safer. This is as the number of COVID-19 infections continues to rise.

There is an agenda to isolate Russia’s vaccine Sputnik: Mapisa-Nqakula 28 November 2021, 11:28 AM

National Assembly Speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula says there is an agenda to isolate the Russian vaccine Sputnik. She was addressing the 7th BRICS Parliamentary Forum at the 143rd Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly in Madrid in Spain on Saturday.