The Chairman of the Health Portfolio Committee, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo, received a briefing from the Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize, on, among other things, the progress made in the deployment of vaccines in the country.
Minister Mkhize will soon appear before the committee as part of his regular updates to the committee on the deployment of phase 2 of the vaccination program and other matters.
Dr Dhlomo said he noted that the Pfizer vaccine has its limitations in that the vaccine is available in subways and major cities. He told Minister Mkhize that other methods are needed to ensure vaccine deployment in rural and farming communities. Dr Dhlomo said Minister Mkhize was aware and aware of the challenges of the Pfizer vaccine, hence the pursuit of alternatives to the Sinopharm and Sputnik source in addition to the Johnson & Johnson currently in use.
Minister Mkhize told Dr Dhlomo that he and the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority are working hard to ensure the availability of Sinopharm and Sputnik vaccines where the Pfizer vaccine does not reach rural communities.
Among the issues addressed by Dr Dhlomo and Minister Mkhize were complaints from the Democratic Nurses Organization of South Africa (Denosa). Dr Dhlomo told Minister Mkhize that Denosa’s complaints must be addressed as the location of the roll-out of the vaccination program largely depends on health workers.
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