South Africa has received very limited stock of flu vaccines, and as consequence health workers will be given priority to receive the vaccine, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said on Saturday.
Mkhize said when both the public and private sectors placed their orders, which is done a year in advance, they did not anticipate the Covid-19 pandemic.
“This means that as it stands, our flu vaccines are understocked. As a government we have engaged with the pharmaceutical industry and it became clear that the distribution of this vaccine has to be rationalized and prioritized. We have therefore taken a decision that health workers in the country will be given priority in receiving the flu vaccine,” Mkhize said.
“This is precipitated by the fact that the country cannot afford to have them sick especially as the flu season approaches. This is one of the major lessons that we have learnt from countries that have experienced the Covid-19 pandemic. We therefore plead for the understanding of all South Africans who may unfortunately not have access to the flu vaccine this year.”
President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday night announced a nationwide 21-day lockdown from midnight on Thursday until midnight on April 16.
In an address broadcast live on television, Ramaphosa said all people in South Africa would be compelled to stay at home, save for essential services such as health workers in the public and private sectors, emergency personnel and those in security services such as the police, traffic officers, military medical personnel and soldiers.
In other news – Lethabo Molotsi enjoying her vacay in the Maldives – Pictures
What an epic way to spend a national lockdown away on a vacay in South Asia, in the Maldives. One thing for sure here is that with how beautiful and amazing this place looks, she will never experience the 21 days boredom many of us here back home are already facing as she will be having a fun time on the island.
Source: African News Agency (ANA)