South Africa: MEC Madoda Sambatha calls on health professionals to give vaccination booster shots


North West Health MEC Madoda Sambatha is calling on all health professionals in the province to come forward for the COVID-19 vaccination booster. The government has announced the administration of the COVID-19 vaccination booster which will be implemented from November 8, 2021.

A booster dose of the coronavirus vaccine (COVID-19) helps improve the protection you have against your first 2 doses of the vaccine. It helps protect you in the longer term against serious illnesses caused by COVID-19.

The target is all health workers who have received J&J as part of Sisonke I. They can now have access to the booster dose close to their workplace as of November 8.

“Those who qualify for the booster injections should look for an SMS invitation that contains a link to the online consent form. Then they should read the consent form carefully. If they want to participate, fill out the form and wait for the voucher number starting with BD – (Booster Dose) “, said MEC Madoda Sambatha

The usual side effects that might have been experienced with the first dose are less severe after the second dose. If recipients of the booster dose have any concerns, they are encouraged to contact the Sisonke office on 0800 014 956 Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Meanwhile, the Northwest Province has a target of 2.69 million people who should be vaccinated to achieve popular immunity. Currently, the province is steadily approaching the 40% coverage mark relative to the target population. Members of the public are urged to get vaccinated to avoid serious illness, hospitalization, eventual death and fourth wave.


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