Covid-19 booster shots in South Africa
Health Minister, Dr Joe Phaahla, has announced that the Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC) on Covid-19 Vaccines has advised that additional doses be given to individuals with compromised immunity.
This includes those who are on long-term oral steroid...
Covid-19 vaccinations for children older than 12 in South Africa
The South African government is ready to begin vaccinating children older than 12 from 20 October 2021, health minister Joe Phaahla has announced.
Phaahla said that the Ministerial Advisory Committee on vaccines recommended that...
It’s time for the curfew to be scrapped
There is no scientific basis for the continued 12am to 4am curfew. It should be ended. The third wave is over and this restriction does not mitigate the Covid pandemic. If Covid hospitalisations start ticking up again, a temporary curfew may be reinstated.
South Africans struggling to download Covid-19 vaccination certificates — what you must do
South Africans whose personal data was not captured correctly in the EVDS must return to the vaccination site to correct it.
Warning over vaccine certificate personal information
The QR code on South Africa’s Covid–19 vaccine certificate contains personal information that is easily decoded, and should be treated like any medical record.
People who have been vaccinated in South Africa should therefore not post their...
South Africa unbans spectators at sports
Cooperative governance and traditional affairs minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has published new lockdown regulations that will allow a limited number of spectators to attend professional sports matches.
This is how many vaccine certificates were issued last week
Over half a million digital Covid-19 vaccine certificates were issued in South Africa less than two days after being launched.
This was revealed to MyBroadband by deputy director-general at the National Department of Health, Nicholas...
South Africa removed from UK travel red list — proof of vaccination recognised
The United Kingdom has removed South Africa and 46 other countries from its red list for travel.
Grant Shapps, transport secretary for the UK, said that these destinations would be removed from the red list on...
Covid-19 vaccine certificate for South Africa launched
South Africans vaccinated against Covid-19 can now download their vaccine certificate from a new website launched by the National Department of Health.
The South African Covid-19 Vaccine Certificate System went live on Tuesday afternoon.
SIM-swap fraud skyrockets in South Africa's Covid–19 lockdown
SIM-swap fraud nearly doubled, and digital banking fraud victims lost over R309 million to criminals, according to the latest statistics from the South African Banking Risk Information Centre (Sabric).
Sabric stated that the...
Dire Covid-19 warning — South Africa heading for hard lockdown over December
Permitting large gatherings under the adjusted level 1 lockdown could result in the fourth wave of Covid-19 cases hitting South Africa earlier than anticipated, and the country being placed under hard lockdown during...
Vaccine certificate for South Africa — where you will need it
The Department of Health will soon roll out a secure and verifiable proof of vaccination for South Africa, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced in his address to the nation on Thursday evening.
“This certificate can be used to...
Ramaphosa announces level 1 lockdown for South Africa — big increase in size of gatherings
President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that South Africa will move to adjusted Covid-19 lockdown Alert Level 1 from Friday.
The president explained the third wave of Covid-19 infections lasted more than...
Mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations at University of Cape Town one step closer
The University of Cape Town's (UCT) Senate held a vote on 22 September on a proposed compulsory vaccine policy, which resulted in a majority finding in favour of the proposal, according to a News24 report.
The policy —...
South Africa's Covid-19 vaccination rate nosedives
South Africa’s daily Covid-19 vaccination rate plunged this week, indicating that the inoculation drive may be losing steam amid criticism of a lack of information about the shots among more remote and impoverished communities.
Good news about Covid–19 third wave in South Africa
South Africa should exit its third wave of Covid–19 this week if the current downward trend in new cases and hospitalisations continues, says CSIR senior researcher Ridhwaan Suliman.
In his weekly analysis of South Africa’s Covid–19...
Plan to end South Africa's Covid-19 lockdown
The government expects it could lift South Africa's Covid-19 lockdown entirely by February or March 2022.
This suggestion formed part of discussions at a Cabinet meeting on the relaxation of lockdown measures last week, leading up to President Cyril...
South Africa’s lockdown level may drop soon — including relaxed alcohol restrictions
Health minister Joe Phaahla has said that his department might recommend that government relax its lockdown restrictions in the coming weeks.
This depends on whether the number of new Covid–19 cases in South...
Good news for Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine manufacturing in South Africa
Sinovac Biotech Ltd.’s South African partner plans to have a vaccine-making facility operational as early as the end of the year after the two companies started a Covid-19 inoculation trial in infants, children and...
The South African companies mandating Covid-19 vaccines
In recent weeks, several major South African companies announced plans to implement mandatory vaccination policies for their staff or people who use their premises.
This comes after labour minister Thulas Nxesi gazetted a directive on...