With the country set to receive 20 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has assured South Africans that government is working to improve efficiency in its vaccination rollout.

There have been mounting concerns over the pace at which healthcare workers have been inoculated – as of Tuesday evening, 6 April 2021, only 272 thousand people in a little under two months, have been jabbed.

In March, government admitted it would miss its initial target of 40 million people by the end of the year and said it would only conclude its vaccine rollout in February 2022.

“In preparation for the mass vaccination campaign, we have undertaken a deep study of the Sisonke Protocol to draw lessons from the programme and enhance the efficiency of future operations. We have also continued to engage stakeholders across all sectors to sensitise ourselves to the needs of various communities,” Mkhize said.

Zweli Mkhize: Govt to improve efficiency in vaccination rollout

According to Zweli Mkhize, they are working on a strategy which will help meet government’s targets, as far as the rollout is concerned.

“Upon deeper inspection and reflection, the Department of Health has worked on a revised strategy to ensure that the vaccination campaign targets the most pressing public health and economic relief that vaccination should achieve. These revisions will require extensive yet urgent consultation to ensure that the final programme expresses the will of the people”

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize

“Upon completion of the ratification process, we will announce the details of the revised vaccination programme to the public and call on the first group of eligible citizens to register on the Electronic Vaccination System”

The health minister announced at the same time that the last tranche of 200 000 Johnson and Johnson vaccines will arrive in the country on Saturday, 10 April 2021. The country has already received several batches of the vaccine, which is currently being administered towards health care workers under phase 1 of the rollout.

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Presh JM Reporter

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