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With COVID-19 cases surging, SA is ramping its vaccination efforts

The Department of Health reported another 22 391 COVID-19 cases during the last 24-hour reporting cycle.

Cumulatively, South Africa has detected 3 093 452 infections since the outbreak.

According to the department, 22 deaths have been reported, bringing the total of human fatalities who succumbed to the virus to 90 060.

The cumulative number of recoveries stands at 2 870 329, translating into a 92,8 percent recovery rate.

In response to inquiries from the media and public following the approval of the third dosage of the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine by the South African Health Products Authority (SAHPRA), the department verified that individuals aged 18 and older are eligible for additional vaccinations.

The Department of Health reports that individuals with a damaged immune system are more susceptible to COVID19 and may have a diminished response to COVID-19 vaccination.

“These individuals are now eligible to get an additional dose as part of their regular vaccination regimen to increase immunological protection,” according to the department.

Department confirmed it activated the Electronic Vaccination Data System (EVDS) on Friday morning for the second dosage of the Pfizer vaccine for the 12- to 17-year-old age range.

It said SMS messages have been sent to those who qualify for a second vaccination.

“Adolescents who received their first vaccination while they were 17 and turned 18 can now receive their second vaccination. For adults, SAHPRA has approved Pfizer booster dose.”

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