Department of Health announced that people aged 50 and over are now eligible for an additional booster shot of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine.
This additional booster vaccine will be available from Monday to everyone in this age group who has been at least 120 days or four months since their last Covid-19 vaccination with a Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine.
Previously, South Africans were eligible for one booster after a primary vaccination with either one dose of J&J or two doses of Pfizer.
Ministry of Health spokesman Foster Mohale said the goal of booster vaccinations is to vaccinate more vulnerable people.
“This is part of the government’s efforts to increase the use of vaccines to achieve population immunity while protecting the most vulnerable groups, especially those with comorbidities such as diabetes and hypertension.”
“The Pfizer vaccine has been shown to be safe and effective in boosting immunity in the elderly, who remain at the highest risk of severe illness and death from Covid.
“Out of a total adult population of nearly 20 million who have been vaccinated to date, more than 7 million of them are aged 50 and over,” Mohale said.
The Department, in collaboration with Right to Care, also launched FindMyJab.co.za an app that he says will make it easier to find the nearest vaccination site using any device such as a smartphone, laptop, tablet and other devices.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health reported that 1,127 new cases of Covid-19 infection were recorded in the country.
Four more deaths were also reported, bringing the total death toll to 101,317.
Gauteng is still reporting the most cases with 279, followed by the Western Cape with 248 and KwaZulu-Natal with 175 new infections.
The cumulative number of recoveries currently stands at 3,836,337 with a 96.7% recovery rate.