Police officers are next in line to get vaccinated after the inoculation of teachers.
This is according to the Health Department’s Dr Nicholas Crisp, who said this second major vaccination programme is now at an advanced stage of planning.
“It will be rolled out immediately upon the completion of the teacher [vaccination],” he said on Friday, June 18.
Crisp, who is a Deputy Director-General (DDG) in the department, managing the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, said they have identified 145 000 officials and 36 000 civilians working in the police service.
Vaccination sites will be set up at police stations, in collaboration with licenced pharmacies.
Crisp announced that another vaccination programme will aimed at the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and Correctional Services.
“SANDF has its own military health services and will be vaccinating their own members,” said Crisp.
Inmates, said Crisp, will be vaccinated through Correctional Services, while the staff will receive their vaccines through the same programme run by the Department of Public Service and Administration with the Government Employees Medical Scheme (GEMS).
“There are a lot of parallel processes in terms of volume of vaccines.”
Besides the Pfizer vaccines that are already in the country, Crisp said the country will receive an additional two million that will be delivered soon.
In addition, he said Johnson & Johnson (J&J) is expected to start delivering more vaccines after the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) halted the distribution of the contaminated jabs.
So far, the country has already inoculated over two million citizens and government is determined to prioritise frontline workers.
“What has constrained us has been the lack of the availability of vaccines and we know if we want to get to more people, we need more sites and more vaccines,” said Crisp.