South Africans will not be able to import Covid-19 vaccines in their personal capacity even if they have the means to do so. This is according to the Health Ministry’s Dr Anban Pillay.
Pillay was responding to a question raised during the department’s vaccine roll-out strategy briefing held on Sunday.
As a country, we will buy stock for the entire country. I don’t think it will be possible for individuals to import the vaccine. This is based on our discussions with manufacturers.
They have indicated to us that they will only deal with governments, given the scale and logistics associated with the virus,” said Pillay
He added that manufacturers had indicated they are not considering “small batch” orders for the vaccine.
Earlier in the briefing, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said they were targeting the vaccination of 67% of South Africans against Covid-19 to achieve herd immunity. This equates to just over 40 million people.
“We knew early on that the only way to fight Covid-19 would be to achieve herd immunity through vaccination,” said Mkhize. The groups that will get access to the vaccine first are as follows:
* Healthcare workers: Health professionals, nurses, general health workers, care home workers, selected laboratory workers, and traditional healers.
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