Tebogo Msimanga |
The Department of Health welcomed and celebrated the news that more than 100,000 healthcare workers in South Africa have been vaccinated with the early access Johnson&Johnson vaccine through the Sisonke Study in just over 2 weeks.
Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize on Friday said ‘We are very encouraged to have reached a milestone of over 100,000 healthcare workers vaccinated’.
The Department said it is deeply appreciative of the Sisonke Study led by Professor Glenda Gray and Professor Linda-Gail Bekker, their partners, and all the staff who work tirelessly to ensure high-quality implementation of the trial to protect healthcare workers as a matter of national urgency.
Prof Glenda Gray said “It’s fitting that exactly one year since the first COVID19 case was recorded in South Africa, the Sisonke Study has successfully vaccinated more than 100,000 healthcare workers. This happened because of our trusted partnerships and especially because of the healthcare workers who have worked tirelessly through this pandemic. Sisonke demonstrates true togetherness – for healthcare workers by healthcare workers.”
The Health department further said while they are pleased with the progress, the fight against coronavirus continues.
People are urged to wear their masks, practice social distancing and regular handwashing, and keep one another safe and healthy.