On Wednesday, December 8, the South African Health Products Authority (SAHPRA) approved a third dose or booster shot of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination for those aged 18 and up. Children with weakened immune systems, aged 12 and over, are also eligible for a second dosage.
Pfizer has applied to SAHPRA to change the dosing schedule for the Pfizer (Comirnaty) COVID-19 vaccine, allowing for an optional third dose on November 17, 2021.
According to the authority, after assessing the data given, the booster dose has been approved as follows:
In those aged 18 and over, a third dose of the Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine should be given at least 6 months following the second dose.
A third dose of the Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine should be given at least 28 days after the second jab to anyone aged 12 and up who are severely immunocompromised.
SAHPRA stated that the data it examined only considered scenarios in which the third dose of the vaccine is the same as the first. As a result, anyone who have already received a Johnson and Johnson vaccine will not be able to get another one.
"SAHPRA recognizes the intense interest in the efficacy and safety of heterologous boosting regimens (so-called'mix and match' techniques) and invites submission of supportive evidence in this area," stated SAHPRA CEO Dr Boitumelo Semete.
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