joe phaahla

  1. Jan

    Vooma Vaccination Week - cash prizes for jabs

    Big vaccination drive in South Africa — with cash prizes up for grabs The National Department of Health will hold a Vooma Vaccination Week from 3 to 10 December 2021 to ramp up Covid-19 vaccinations before an anticipated fourth wave of infections hits the country. The Vooma Vaccination Week is...
  2. Jan

    Covid–19 fourth wave warning signs in Gauteng

    Warnings signs of Covid–19 fourth wave in South Africa Infection statistics and wastewater analysis show early warning signs that the fourth wave of Covid–19 infections may be emerging in Gauteng.
  3. Jan

    Health minister pleads that South Africans vaccinate to protect against "inevitable" fourth wave

    South Africa's fourth wave of Covid-19 can't be stopped Health Minister, Dr Joe Phaahla, says the festive season coupled with the movement of people is expected to trigger the “inevitable” fourth wave of Covid-19 infections. “This makes it more urgent that more and more people come forward to...
  4. Jan

    South Africa doctors oppose J&J boost as sole health worker choice

    Doctors fight over J&J Covid-19 boosters in South Africa The South African Medical Association, which represents doctors, said there must be a choice of Covid-19 booster vaccine after Johnson & Johnson won the right to run research on the half a million health workers who took the company’s...
  5. Jan

    Covid-19 booster shots recommended for the immunocompromised in South Africa

    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...
  6. Jan

    Government ready to start vaccinating children older than 12 in South Africa

    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...
  7. Jan

    Health minister will recommend drop in lockdown level - relaxed alcohol restrictions "if we all behave"

    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...
  8. Jan

    Digital Covid-19 vaccine passport for South Africa launching "in just over a week"

    South Africa's digital Covid-19 vaccine passport launching this month Health minister Joe Phaahla has confirmed that the government will launch a digital Covid-19 vaccine certificate—sometimes referred to as a vaccine passport—in "just over a week". This comes after the department's acting...
  9. Jan

    Public amenities in South Africa may be limited to those vaccinated against Covid-19

    Unvaccinated people may be banned from public amenities in South Africa South Africa may limit the use of public amenities to the people who have been vaccinated against Covid-19, the country’s health minister said. While a decision hasn’t been taken it is being discussed by the government...
  10. Jan

    Vaccinations for under 35s to open by 23 August

    Covid-19 vaccination for under 35s to open early The National Department of Health plans to open Covid-19 vaccinations to South Africans between 18 and 34 years old within the next week. This is according to health minister Joe Phaahla, who said that consultations with government leaders were...
  11. Jan

    Health department will recommend against lowering South Africa's lockdown level

    Alcohol restrictions in South Africa to be extended The Department of Health will be recommending to the National Coronavirus Command Council and Cabinet that South Africa remain on its current adjusted Alert Level 3 lockdown. This is according to Minister of Health Joe Phaahla, who was...