PICTURES: The first day of SA’s Johnson & Johnson vaccine rollout

South Africa’s 80 000 doses of the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine touched down at the OR Tambo International Airport earlier this week, and the rollout began on Wednesday 17 February 2021, with the first people to get the vaccine being frontline health workers around the country.

President Cyril Ramaphosa and Health Minister Zweli Mkhize were also among the first to get the jab. Here’s a look in pictures at how the first day of vaccinations went.

The J&J vaccines arrive on our shores

Airport personnel receive the vaccine for transfer to storage facilities around the country. Photo: Twitter/@CyrilRamaphosa

From here the vaccines were moved to specific vaccination sites across the country.

Photo: Twitter/@CyrilRamaphosa

 The vaccine was transported and stored under specific conditions.

Photo: Twitter/@CyrilRamaphosa

Health workers were the first to receive the vaccine, along with Health Minister Zweli Mkhize.

South African Health Minister Zweli Mkhize is inoculated with a Covid-19 vaccine shot at the Khayelitsha Hospital in Cape Town on February 17, 2021. Photo: AFP

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is said to be more effective against the so-called South African variant of the coronavirus.

Photo: AFP
Photo: AFP

South Africans have found new hope with the arrival of the vaccines

Photo: AFP

A healthcare worker receives a dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine against the COVID-19 coronavirus at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria.

A healthcare worker receives a dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine against the COVID-19 corona virus at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria.
Photo: Twitter/@UCTHealthSci

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Presh JM Reporter

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