COVID-19 vaccinations opened for 18-year-old and older from Friday

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People who are 18-year-olds and older will be eligible to get their COVID-19 vaccinations from Friday, August 20.

Vaccination of this age group was only supposed to start on September 1 but the Deputy Director-General in the Department of Health Dr Nicholas Crisp said on Wednesday that there were enough vaccines in the country to move the date forward.

Government has set a target of administering at least a million doses every three days.

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However, the numbers are dropping to below 200 000, despite the governments efforts to have more people inoculated by adding more vaccination sites.

Earlier, the South African Medical Association (SAMA) said disciplinary action will be taken against medical professionals who spread misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines without scientific proof.

The association earlier said it was dismayed about reports that some healthcare workers including doctors have discouraged patients from getting COVID-19 vaccinations based on doubts about the vaccine’s safety and effectiveness.

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