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medicaldoctorBL Premium reports that officials are working about the clock to improve the appointment system for Covid-19 vaccinations to avoid a repeat of the chaotic scenes at Steve Biko Academic Hospital this past weekend when doctors queued for hours to get jabs.

The Department of Health (DOH) began dispensing Johnson & Johnson’s (J&J’s) Covid-19 vaccine to health-care workers last Wednesday under the banner of the Sisonke implementation study. By Sunday evening, 18 sites had been accredited, and more than 15,380 healthcare workers vaccinated. But the rollout has been irregular, with some sites proceeding smoothly while others hit snags triggered by unexpectedly large numbers of healthcare workers queuing for the shot. The government is under immense pressure to streamline the appointment system, as this will be vital for the expansion of its Covid-19 vaccine rollout. The first phase of its immunisation drive targets SA’s 1.25-million healthcare workers, but it will then need to rapidly broaden out to reach 40-million adults. Right to Care’s Ian Sanne, who is involved in implementing the Sisonke study, said they were working on a establishing a scheduling system where people would get a vaccination site, a date and a time slot divided up in quarters of the day. Business for SA’s (B4SA’s) Martin Kingston said the problems that manifested in the first few days of the vaccine rollout needed to be fixed as quickly as possible to maintain public trust.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Tamar Kahn at BusinessLive (paywall access only)
  • And also, Vaccination of health workers in Gauteng a ’fiasco’, claims DA, at Independent Media

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