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By: Thabi Madiba
Health Minister Dr Joe Phaahla announced on Friday that the Covid-19 vaccination of children between the ages 12 and 17 will start on October 20, with a one dose of the Pfizer vaccine. This follows a recommendation by the Vaccine Ministerial Advisory Committee which was supported by Health MECs and Cabinet. The Pfizer vaccine has been approved by the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority for this age group. Phaahla made the announcement during the Department of Health’s provincial oversight visit to monitor the Covid-19 vaccination programme in Diamond City in Kimberley, in the Northern Cape. “The VMAC advised that, for now, we only give one dose while assessing information which suggests that in a few cases there has been short-lived cases of transient myocarditis after two doses. The timing of the second dose will be informed by further information on this rarely observed side effect which has no permanent risk,” the Minister said. →