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1.3m Johnson & Johnson vaccines arrive in SA – will go to rural areas only

15 September 2021 3:08 PM
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Mandy Wiener
The Midday Report
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Bhekisisa Health Journalism Centre
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Mia Malan
Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

Mandy Wiener interviews Mia Malan, Director at Bhekisisa Health Journalism Centre.
  • South Africa’s rollout of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine is lagging that of the double-dose one from Pfizer

  • Johnson & Johnson has been available in cities, but all new consignments will exclusively go to rural areas


Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine. © Volodymyr Kalyniuk/123rf

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More than 1.3 million doses of Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine arrived in South Africa on Monday.

Although the country has ample stock of double-dose Pfizer vaccines, it has a shortage of single-dose J&J jabs, despite the arrival of the latest consignment.

Pfizer’s vaccine has to be kept at an extremely low temperature while the J&J vaccine can be stored in a normal refrigerator.

Mandy Wiener interviewed Mia Malan, Director at Bhekisisa Health Journalism Centre (scroll up to listen).

There are more batches scheduled, more or less weekly, for the coming month… We have to receive 9.1 million J&J doses in the third quarter of this year and 19.1 million in the fourth quarter… That will bring us to 31 million doses…

Mia Malan, Director - Bhekisisa Health Journalism Centre

We are way behind with J&J. We’ve administered 11.8 million Pfizer doses; with J&J we’ve only done 2.8 million, mainly because we haven’t received enough…

Mia Malan, Director - Bhekisisa Health Journalism Centre

… New J&J batches will go to rural areas, and Sassa pension queues where it’s very hard to follow up and say come back for a second dose… If you prefer to have the J&J jab… you’re going to have to travel to a rural area…

Mia Malan, Director - Bhekisisa Health Journalism Centre



15 September 2021 3:08 PM
Tags:
Mandy Wiener
The Midday Report
Johnson & Johnson
Bhekisisa Health Journalism Centre
Covid-19 vaccination
Covid-19 vaccine rollout
Mia Malan
Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

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