A vaccination site in Gauteng has already experienced a mishap after it received incorrect Covid-19 jabs.
This come as the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine for educators and support staff began nationally on Wednesday.
Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi confirmed that the wrong vaccine doses were delivered at one of the province’s sites.
Lesufi was speaking to the media after getting vaccinated in Tembisa.
He says the Pfizer vaccine was delivered at a site meant for education staff instead of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
“There’s an area in the south where they are assisting the over 60s and they are using Pfizer for that purpose.
“Unfortunately, there was a communication breakdown, [and] the same Pfizer was taken to a site where they are vaccinating educators.
“That confusion has been attended to. I think it will be rectified if it has not been rectified already,” explains Lesufi.
Lesufi hopes that the inoculation of teachers will be done within the prescribed time frames.
“This is the beginning of something that will assist us to start to reduce that timeline. I’m grateful to the minister for taking this initiative to include the educators.
“I said to the team, let’s do it according to the timeline they have given us. People are waiting in the queue so as the education sector we can not delay that queue. I’m relieved that we are starting.”
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Over 125 000 teachers and school staff are expected to receive their Covid-19 vaccines around Gauteng.
Last week, South Africa received 300 000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and more doses are expected to arrive in the country.
South Africa is currently in phase 2 of the vaccine roll-out targeting people over the age of 60 as well as frontline workers.
It started with the vaccination of healthcare workers earlier this year.
The last phase will see the rest of the population – individuals over 18 years of age – taking the vaccine.
South Africa is in the third wave of Covid-19 infections.
A total of 46 893 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours and 11 093 new cases have been reported.
This represents a positivity rate of 23.7%.
A further 297 Covid-19-related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 59 092 to date.
#COVID19 UPDATE: A total of 46,893 tests were conducted in the last 24 hrs, with 11,093 new cases, which represents a 23.7% positivity rate. A further 297 #COVID19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 59,092 to date. Read more: https://t.co/oOHqJbsttK pic.twitter.com/MxGixQSK2U
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