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SA not ready to roll out vaccines to under 18 population: Health Department.

Article by: Dumisane Dube

The Department of Health says the country is not yet at the stage to roll out vaccines to the under 18 population.

South Africa launched its vaccination programme in February this year. The aim was to vaccinate 70% of the population, or 28 million people, by end of the year.

Acting director-general Nicholas Crispin says there are currently no plans to extend the vaccination drive to under 18s.

“Those countries that are vaccinating under 18s have already reached a far higher percentage of vaccine coverage than we have, they are months ahead of us in term of their programmes,” said Crisp.

It was previously reported that the Phase III paediatric Covid-19 vaccine trial will be launched at the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University in Pretoria on Friday. The vaccinations will start from 56 months.

Crispin says he’s confident that in the future a vaccination programme that is able to roll out to minors will be available.

“Our most pressing challenge at the moment is to find people and convince people that vaccination is good for you. Our challenge is to get vaccines to people and get people to vaccines,” he adds.

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