16 October 2021
Writer: Sphe J Hadebe
Johannesburg- South Africans are divided as many have expressed anger and frustration over the Minister of Health's announcement on the new vaccine rollout program.
Minister of Health, Dr. Joe Phaahla made this announcement which is intended at saving lives against this pandemic of the novel corona virus.
It has been said numerous times that the only way to stop the spread of this virus and to save lives, it is through taking the vaccine. Medical research have provided evidence that vaccines are safe and cause no damage.
A person who is vaccinated is at a low risk of contracting the virus, even if they do but it won't be severe compared to the person who is not vaccinated whom is at a high risk and even have severe illness.
Children between the ages of 12 and 17 will be able to get one shot of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine from next week, the Department of Health announced on Friday.
Minister Dr Joe Phaahla said registrations for children on the electronic vaccination data system will open on Wednesday, 20 October and they will be able to get the vaccine at any of the current vaccination sites.
He said that given the risk, even though minimal, of myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) that were seen in a small number of children who received a second dose of the Pfizer vaccine, the department will wait for more research to be done before giving a second shot to this age group.
Phaahla said where myocarditis was identified as a side-effect of the vaccine, the cases were short-lived, only occurred after the second dose and was slight.
“We will space the second dose after we have received more information,” he said.
“I want to assure parents that even where this side-effect was noticed, it caused no permanent damage,” he added.
The registration system and vaccinations would open for all children between the ages of 12 and 17 on Wednesday.
Phaahla said at this stage only the Pfizer vaccine has been approved for this age group by the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority.
“We believe that this will become handy as school starts examinations,” he said.
Some people are still hesitancy in taking the vaccine because of the news spread across social media which are not true.
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