Department of Health holds off on COVID-19 vaccinations at schools

20 October 2021, 9:27 PM
The National Department of Health says it will not roll out COVID-19 vaccinations at schools, for now, to avoid disruption to critical schooling.
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City of Tshwane ready to roll out coronavirus vaccine 9 February 2021, 2:43 PM

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COVID-19 vaccine trials need to be ongoing: GAVI Alliance 9 February 2021, 5:48 AM

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Healthcare workers express mixed reaction over halting of COVID-19 vaccine 8 February 2021, 8:21 PM

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SA lags behind in its capacity to produce vaccines: Academics 8 February 2021, 7:02 PM

Academics at two Cape Town universities say South Africa is lagging behind in its capacity to produce vaccines.

W Cape health minister meets with traditional health practitioners over vaccine rollout 8 February 2021, 5:23 PM

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Government says it’s in talks with AstraZeneca on issues pertaining to vaccine 8 February 2021, 3:54 PM

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Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to arrive in SA next week: Mkhize 8 February 2021, 10:13 AM

Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize says a batch of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine doses is expected to arrive in South Africa next week.

SA conducting expert assessment on how to effectively use AstraZeneca vaccine 8 February 2021, 8:25 AM

Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize says experts are assessing how the AstraZeneca vaccine doses already in the country will be used effectively in the future.

COVAX to start sending COVID-19 vaccines to Africa 8 February 2021, 8:15 AM

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says COVAX is expected to start sending millions of COVID-19 vaccines to Africa this month.

SA to tweak COVID-19 vaccine rollout to include implementation study: Minister Mkhize 8 February 2021, 7:07 AM

Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize says the rollout of South Africa's COVID-19 vaccination programme will be tweaked to include an implementation study.

Prof Schoub suggests that rollout of AstraZeneca vaccine should be suspended 7 February 2021, 9:37 PM

The Chairperson of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on COVID-19 vaccines, Professor Barry Schoub, has suggested that the rollout of AstraZeneca's vaccine should be suspended.  

‘Vaccine trial unable to give proof of full efficacy in variant discovered in SA’ 7 February 2021, 9:00 PM

Professor of Vaccinology at Wits University, Shabir Madhi, says the vaccine trial done by his team in South Africa could not give proof of the vaccine's full efficacy against the variant of COVID-19 discovered in the country.

VIDEO: Minister Mkhize’s urgent update on COVID-19 vaccine 7 February 2021, 7:00 PM

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“It would be unconstitutional to exclude undocumented migrants in COVID-19 vaccine roll out” 7 February 2021, 1:47 PM

Lawyers for Human Rights say it would be unconstitutional for the government to only administer the COVID-19 vaccine to residents and leave out undocumented migrants.

Concerns about Africa’s level of preparedness for COVID-19 vaccine rollouts 7 February 2021, 1:15 PM

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Government has secured vaccines for 26 million people: Mkhize 5 February 2021, 6:56 PM

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Western Cape working on plans to procure additional COVID-19 vaccines 4 February 2021, 9:18 PM

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde says the provincial government is working on plans to procure additional COVID-19 vaccines.

Western Cape says logistics are in place for COVID-19 vaccine rollout 4 February 2021, 3:01 PM

Western Cape Health authorities say the province has strong logistical systems in place for the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines.

Traditional healers want to be included in first rollout of vaccines 4 February 2021, 9:31 AM

A group representing traditional healers has called for their members to be considered to receive the coronavirus vaccine alongside other healthcare workers, doctors and nurses.

Public cautioned on misinformation about safety, efficacy of COVID-19 vaccine 4 February 2021, 7:56 AM

The Human Rights Commission has cautioned the public on misinformation aimed at bringing into question the efficacy and safety of vaccines.

Using SAA to transport COVID-19 vaccines is an important image for the country: Gordhan 3 February 2021, 3:35 PM

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan says his department is negotiating with SAA Business Rescue Practitioners for some of the aircraft still owned by the airline, to be used in the transportation of COVID-19 vaccines.

Health sector likely to encounter issues administering COVID-19 vaccines: SAMA 3 February 2021, 12:28 PM

The South African Medical Association (SAMA) says the health sector is likely to encounter issues in the process of administering coronavirus vaccines to patients.

Department of Health has secured enough coronavirus vaccines: SAMA 3 February 2021, 12:01 PM

The South African Medical Association (SAMA) says the Department of Health has secured enough coronavirus vaccines to vaccinate healthcare workers across the country.

Health workers not given clarity on administering COVID-19 vaccine jab: Denosa 3 February 2021, 8:41 AM

Denosa says it is concerned about government's plans to roll out the coronavirus vaccine since healthcare workers have not been given clarity on how to administer the vaccine jabs to the public.

Pfizer expects $15 billion sales from COVID-19 vaccine 2 February 2021, 4:38 PM

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Department of Health reiterates that COVID-19 vaccine is safe 2 February 2021, 3:13 PM

The National Department of Health has assured South Africans that the coronavirus vaccine is safe.