Authorities leading the COVID-19 vaccine rollouts are worried that the Western Cape will not receive enough of the Johnson&Johnson vaccines for all the healthcare workers in the province.

According to IOL, Western Cape Head of Health Dr Keith Cloete said: “Limited doses of the J&J (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine will be arriving in four tranches over eight weeks.

“The first tranche, received on February 17, contained 13 160 doses for private and public sectors. It is anticipated that this will cover 40% of healthcare workers over the eight-week period,” he continued.

“If we assume there’s an adequate supply of effective vaccine, then we need to sequence and prioritise, as we are unlikely to receive all stock in one tranche.”

The latest update on the province’s COVID-19-related statistics was published on March 5, and a total of 17 568 vaccines had been administered. 

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