Tanya Muller

ASAIPA says that while the AstraZeneca vaccine is being rolled out to doctors and healthcare workers, no one will be forced to take it.

As medical doctors and healthcare workers, which includes administrative personnel in the health industry, are about to receive the first jabs of the AstraZeneca vaccine, no one will be forced to take it.

This was according to the chief operating officer and legal advisor of the Alliance of South Africa Independent Practitioners Association (ASAIPA), Tanya Muller. Her remarks come amid uncertainty whether the government can handle such an ambitious project after reports of vaccine having gone to waste because of a cooler door that was left open.

Last week, health minister Dr. Zweli Mkhize announced a bilateral agreement with the Serum Institute of India (SII) for the first batch of doses for frontline health workers.

According to Mkhize, South Africa will be receiving one million doses in January. The expectation was that it would arrive before the end of the month. Another batch of 500 000 doses will arrive in February. Last year, SII sought emergency approval for the vaccine developed with AstraZeneca.

AstraZeneca had signed an agreement with SII to produce one billion doses of its experimental vaccine for low- and middle-income countries. Mkhize’s announcement came after uncertainty regarding the absence of a vaccine, and an apparent lack of negotiating the most beneficial deal for South Africans with reports of orders not being made in time and losing out on cheaper deals for the vaccine.

But despite all the uncertainty there is a good story to tell, said Muller. Muller said the vaccine would be rolled out in three phases.

The first phase is a roll-out to healthcare workers in the public and private sector as well as supporting staff. In the second phase, high-risk areas will be identified and in the third phase it will be rolled out to the general public.

Notice: Coronavirus reporting by Kormorant in partnership with Caxton Local Media aims to combat fake news.

Dear reader,

As your local news provider, we have the duty of keeping you factually informed on Covid-19 developments. As you may have noticed, mis- and disinformation (also known as “fake news”) is circulating online. Kormorant is determined to filter through the masses of information doing the rounds and to separate truth from untruth in order to keep you adequately informed. Kormorant follows a strict pre-publication fact-checking protocol. A national task team has been established to assist in bringing you credible news reports on Covid-19.
Readers with any comments or queries may contact Kormorant editor Deon van Huizen (deon@kormorant.co.za), National Group Editor Irma Green (irma@caxton.co.za) or Legal Adviser Helene Eloff (helene@caxton.co.za).

Read original story on rekordeast.co.za

Also Read:

  • Categories: News
    Plaaslike vlieënier sterf in vliegtuigongeluk
  • Categories: News
    Husband in court after fatally shooting wife, stepdaughter
  • Categories: News
    Eleven miners die, 75 injured in mine accident