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At last: Mkhize confirms SA will get Covid vaccine this month, but it won’t be mandatory

About 1.5 million Covid-19 vaccines will hit SA shores in January, with front line health workers the first in line

Political journalist

The first batch of Covid-19 vaccines will be here before the end of the month, when a million doses will hit SA shores. By the end of February, another 500,000 vaccines will be here.

But, even when they do arrive, they are not going to be distributed to the public. This first batch will be earmarked for health workers. Getting most South Africans vaccinated is likely to still be a long way away.

This is according to health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize, who made the positive vaccine procurement announcement in parliament on Thursday. Speaking to the health portfolio, he said the department had reached an agreement with the Serum Institute of India for the first batch of doses, for front line health workers...

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