South Africa’s health authorities start vaccinating the homeless

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South Africa’s health authorities have started vaccinating the homeless, one of the country’s most vulnerable communities, with one-dose vaccines to ensure full protection against the coronavirus and will prioritize the use of the single-dose Johnson and Johnson jabs in its drive to vaccinate people living in remote, homeless and rural communities.

The Health Minister claimed that “For the homeless, we’re using J and J because it’s one dose. Because with Pfizer it means that you have to come back again in 42 days. And so we have to provide J and J. And I’m glad that now we will be pushing more to be used, and also in other homeless shelters, because we don’t want to bother people to come back because they will forget anyway about their return dates,” 

The homeless people who want to be vaccinated will be able to sign up whether or not they have formal identity documents and then will be entered in South Africa’s Electronic Vaccine Data System.

Data source: Africa news

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