Pfizer Covid-19 booster shots have been given the go ahead for people older than 18.
SAHPRA, confirmed in a statement on Wednesday that it had approved the "optional third (booster) dose" of the Covid-19 vaccine after the company applied for approval.
SAHPRA said that it had approved:
A third dose of the Comirnaty Covid-19 vaccine in individuals aged 18 years and older, to be administered at least six months after the second dose.
A third dose of the Comirnaty Covid-19 vaccine in individuals aged 12 years and older who are severely immunocompromised, to be administered at least 28 days after the second dose.
However, the authority said the data only dealt with boosters for the same brand of vaccine, meaning that there will be no "mix-and-match" of the Johnson and Johnson and Pfizer shots.
President Cyril Ramaphosa announced in November that that South African scientists discovered a new Covid-19 variant omicron, which has been labelled a variant of concern by WHO because it is not like any other variants.
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