People currently infected with COVID-19 cannot get a vaccine: SAHPRA

1 August 2021, 1:26 PM
The South African Health Products Authority has reiterated that people currently infected with COVID-19 cannot get a vaccine, saying the shot is only able to create antibodies after the person has recovered.  
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Mpumalanga government targets mining sector as COVID fight intensifies further 26 July 2021, 6:30 PM

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Government vows to ramp up its vaccination programme 26 July 2021, 7:13 AM

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SA has passed peak of COVID-19 third wave: Dr Suliman 25 July 2021, 9:09 PM

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Northern Cape launches drive-through vaccination campaign 24 July 2021, 3:15 PM

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SA records 13 719 new COVID-19 cases, 450 fatalities 23 July 2021, 8:30 PM

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VIDEO: Acting Health Minister briefs the media on COVID-19 and vaccination rollout plan 23 July 2021, 7:19 AM

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Eastern Cape Social Development Department encourages workers in the sector to get vaccinated 23 July 2021, 5:34 AM

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SA records 14 858 new COVID-19 cases, 433 deaths 22 July 2021, 8:25 PM

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SA’s Biovac to help manufacture Pfizer/BoiNTech COVID-19 vaccine 22 July 2021, 11:09 AM

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The President of the South African Medical Research Council, Glenda Gray, says South Africa will see a drop in COVID-19 deaths if it is able to vaccinate most people in the country.

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VIDEO: Health ministry briefs parliament on SA’s vaccine roll-out programme 21 July 2021, 6:18 PM

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