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South Africa is one of five countries to participate in the global children vaccine trial

South Africa is one of five countries to participate in the global children's vaccine trial. The first child will be vaccinated in Pretoria tomorrow. The global trial will enroll 14,000 children aged six months to 17-years. 

It is being conducted by a Pretoria company for Chinese vaccine manufacturer, Sinovac.

The children will receive two doses, 28 days apart.

SAHPRA and the World Health Organisation have approved the trial.

Children should be vaccinated to protect them from certain dangerous infectious diseases. Individuals who are not immunized, increase the risk that they and others in their community will get the diseases vaccines can prevent. Children should be vaccinated at birth, 6 weeks, 10 weeks, 14 weeks, 9 months, 18 months, 6 years, and at 12 years old. 

Clinics and community health centers in South Africa provide free vaccinations for your child. Additional vaccinations for diseases such as chickenpox, mumps, and rubella can be provided by your doctor, but you will have to pay for those.

“Getting vaccinated is not only a personal choice about protecting yourself from infection. It is also about protecting others, including your family, friends, and co-workers, and allowing the whole of society to return to normal activity more quickly.

“If we can vaccinate a large enough proportion of our population – particularly the adult population – by December, we can avoid another devastating wave of infections and restrictions on the economy,” he said.

Ramaphosa said that those who refuse to be vaccinated increase the risks for others – not only of a further resurgence of infections but of prolonged economic hardship and lack of recovery.

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