South Africa will begin injecting 12- to 17-year-olds with the Pfizer Covid vaccine in an effort to boost inoculation rates ahead of examinations.

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South Africa will begin injecting 12- to 17-year-olds with the Pfizer Covid vaccine in an effort to boost inoculation rates ahead of examinations.

The announcement comes a month after South Africa’s Health Products Regulatory Authority cleared the use of the Pfizer vaccine in children aged 12 and up, allowing the government to begin arranging vaccinations for a broader age group.

In a statement, Health Minister Joe Phaahla said. “Further research on this infrequently encountered side-effect, which poses no permanent risk,” he said, “will determine the timing of the second dose.” The decision to vaccinate youngsters aged 12 and up comes as the government prepares to start giving booster doses to high-risk healthcare professionals who were among the first to get Covid vaccines eight months ago.

After the country’s regulator authorized the J&J booster shot, which is presently under review, the South African health minister confirmed that a final decision would be made on booster shots.

South Africa has only able to administer 17.815 million doses of a Covid vaccination to its inhabitants out of a population of over 59 million. South Africa has reported 2,913,800 confirmed cases of the virus and 88,466 fatalities to the World Health Organization since the outbreak began.

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