J&J Booster Shots Now Available In South Africa

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The Department of Health on Friday announced that it was now implementing booster doses for the Covid-19 vaccines in use in the country.

The regulator, the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA), has approved the use of Pfizer vaccine as a booster of the primary Pfizer vaccine two dose series some time ago.

“This approval is for the vaccination of people six months after the administration of the second dose (or in the case of immunocompromised people who receive an additional primary dose, after their third dose),” said the department.

“SAHPRA has also approved the use of the Johnson and Johnson (J&J) vaccine for boosters of the single dose primary J&J schedule at least two months after primary vaccination.”

The Ministerial Advisory Committee on Vaccines for Covid-19 has advised the minister regarding booster vaccines.

“Thus, from 24th December 2021 the National Vaccination Programme will provide J&J booster vaccinations to anyone who received their last dose at least two months prior (24th October 2021 or before and from then on at least two months interval),” said the department.

“The recommended interval is after two months but preferably before six months from the primary dose.”

The department said from next week Tuesday, 28 December, the National Vaccination Programme will provide Pfizer booster vaccinations to anyone who received their last dose at least six months since the second primary dose.

“Booster doses are the same vaccine in the same dose administered to people who have had a primary vaccination series and are administered to allow the body to boost its immunity to the Covid-19 virus,” said the department.