Saturday, October 1 2022

The Ministry of Health is pleased to announce details of the implementation of booster doses for the COVID-19 vaccines used in the country.

The regulator, the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) some time ago approved the use of the Pfizer vaccine as a booster for the two-dose series of the primary Pfizer vaccine. This approval is for vaccination of people six months after their second dose (or in the case of immunocompromised people who receive an additional primary vaccination, after their third dose).

SAHPRA has also approved the use of the Johnson and Johnson (J&J) vaccine for boosters of the primary single-dose J&J schedule at least 2 months after the primary vaccination.

The Minister’s COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Committee (VMAC) advised the Minister on booster shots.

So, from December 24, 2021, the National Immunization Program will provide J&J boosters to anyone who received their last dose at least 2 months before (October 24, 2021 or before and from then at least 2 months apart) .

The recommended interval is after 2 months but preferably before 6 months from the primary dose.

Starting December 28, 2021, the National Immunization Program will provide Pfizer boosters to anyone who received their last dose at least 6 months after the second primary dose.

Booster doses are the same vaccine at the same dose given to people who have had a primary vaccination and are given to allow the body to build up its immunity against the COVID-19 virus.

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