Eligible citizens would be able to receive their Johnson and Johnson booster dose from Friday, the Health Department said on Thursday.
WHO WILL BE ABLE TO GET THE BOOSTER SHOT?
The booster dose will be available to those vaccinated at least two months ago with their initial J&J shot.
Citizens vaccinated with the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine can receive the J&J booster shot six months after their first dose.
“From 24th December 2021 the National Vaccination Programme will provide J&J booster vaccinations to anyone who received their last dose at least two months ago, so therefore prior the 24th October 2021,” Health spokesperson Foster Mohale said.
SAHPRA APPROVED THE BOOSTER SHOT
This comes after the regulator, the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) approved the use of the Pfizer vaccine as a booster of the primary Pfizer vaccine two dose series some time ago.
“This approval is for the vaccination of people six months after the administration of the second dose (or in the case of immunocompromised people who receive an additional primary dose, after their third dose),” Foster said.
He added that SAHPRA has also approved the use of the Johnson and Johnson (J&J) vaccine for boosters of the single-dose primary J&J schedule at least two months after primary vaccination.
The recommended interval is after two months but preferably before six months from the primary dose.
DID YOU GET THE PFIZER VACCINE?
“From 28th December 2021, the National Vaccination Programme will provide Pfizer booster vaccinations to anyone who received their last dose at least six months since the second primary dose,” he said.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE BOOSTER SHOT?
Foster explained that the booster doses are the same vaccine in the same dose administered to people who have had a primary vaccination series and are administered to allow the body to boost its immunity to the COVID-19 virus.