"On October 20, this service will begin. We hope this will be useful as schools begin their examinations and the academic year draws to a close," he said. The MAC recommended that the Pfizer vaccination be given just once to children aged 12 to 17.
Because there have been a few incidences of myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) in teenage boys, Phaahla said giving only one dosage of the Pfizer vaccine is prudent.
“At this time, there is no evidence that the first dose has any serious side effects, so we will only offer one dose for the time being. However, we believe it will still provide significant protection, and we will offer the second dose once more information becomes available. "More information will determine the timing of the second dose," he said. Dr. Nicholas Crisp, the department's interim director-general, said that vaccinations for this new age group would not be given in schools.
"During the national immunization program, children can be vaccinated at any public or private vaccination facility, just like everyone else," he stated.
The MAC advised that people with impaired immunity receive more dosages, according to Phaahla.
Those on long-term therapy, those with autoimmune diseases, and those receiving treatment for haematological illnesses all fall into this category.
"This should only be done with a medical practitioner's referral," he stated.
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