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22 Feb, 6 tweets, 3 min read
[Thread]. 1. Wondering how many people SA has to vaccinate per day to use up our 80 000 J&J jabs in 14 days? (The next batch of 80 000 will arrive 2 weeks after the 1st). Co-principal investigator of our implementation study @LindaGailBekker says between 6000 + 8000. Here’s why.
2. This morning we had around 65 000 of our first batch of 80 0000 J&J #CovidVaccines left, says @LindaGailBekker. So we vaccinated about 5000 #HealthWorkers on Sunday (on Sunday the health department said we had vaccinated just more than 10 000 workers by the end of Saturday).
3. @LindaGailBekker says the official start date for #COVID vaccination was Thursday, 18 Feb. (The jabs arrived just before midnight on Tuesday, 16 February, and had to be transported across the country to sites, so only a few vaccinations were done on Wednesday, 17 February).
4. “We’re giving ourselves until Thu, March 4 to use up the batch,” says @LindaGailBekker. "We hope to hit our target of 80 000 by 14 days — we have 10 days left to get there. So we need between 6000 + 8000 vaccinations per day [obvs not 8000 each day, or we'll run out of jabs]."
5. If we work on an average of 6500 vaccinations per day (we’ve got 10 days left to use 65 000 jabs), it works out to an average of 361 vaccinations per day per site (there are 18 sites). But sites’ capacity differ, as well as the capacity within provinces.
6. To find out how many jabs each of the 18 sites received, use our @bhekisisa_MG interactive map: tabsoft.co/2OCkrWI

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21 Feb
[Thread] 1. How many #HealthWorkers has SA vaccinated so far with the 80 000 Johnson & Johnson #CovidVaccinations that arrived this week? By the end of Saturday, 21 Feb, 10 000, according to the health department (there are 1.25 million workers, so many more to go).
2. So how are the #Covid jabs split between the private and public sector? 70% goes to the public sector and 30% to the private sector.
3. If you work in the private healthcare sector, you have to get your jab at one of the public hospital vaccinated sites for now. You can find one of the 18 operating sites here (they will be expanded to include private sites as we get more vaccines): tabsoft.co/2OCkrWI
Read 7 tweets
19 Feb
[Thread] 1. SA is rolling out its first #CovidVaccines in the form of an implementation study for health workers. That means only workers participating in the study are allowed to get vaccinated. So how come #CyrilRamaphosa could get a shot? bit.ly/3qvrvCC
2. Changes to study protocols can be made if there are good reasons. Protocols are "rule books” that stipulate how a study will be conducted. They explain who can take part and what will be tested. SA's roll-out study will look at real-life implementation of the J&J jab.
3. In the case of the J&J jab, our regulator, @SAHPRA1, adjusted the study’s protocol to:
* Include government officials with health qualifications
* Include #Ramaphosa + #Mabuza
The reason? To “encourage vaccine uptake and reduce vaccine hesitancy”. bit.ly/37p7ohW
Read 11 tweets
17 Feb
The latest stats from @HealthZA on how many #HealthWorkers have been infected and have died of #Covid in SA and why we need vaccinate them so urgently:
* Number of infections: 40 000
* Hospitalisations: 6 473
* Deaths: 663
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is 100% effective in protecting vaccinated people against #COVID-related death. If all #HealthWorkers are vaccinated, #COVID deaths are therefore unlikely among such workers.
The J&J vaccine provides 85% protection against severe #COVID in SA, so it can also help to dramatically reduce hospitalisations among #HealthWorkers. (We've had more than 6000 health workers in hospital because of COVID so far).
Read 4 tweets
16 Feb
[Thread] 1. 80 000 Johnson & Johnson #CovidVaccines will land in SA today (weather permitting, etc). Where will they go? @bhekisisa_MG’s @KeMohale made an interactive map of the 16 sites and number of doses each site will receive. tabsoft.co/2N979kd
2. The 80 000 J&J doses will go to 16 sites (2 sites in each province, except for the Northern Cape, which will have 1 - one of the Free State’s sites, Pelonomi Hospital, isn’t ready yet and will be phased in when it is. bit.ly/3rXrAPY
3. Who will get vaccinated first? #HealthWorkers. Why? They deal with #COVID19 patients + are the most vulnerable to infection. Everyone needs to register on @HealthZA’s system. Only 28% of SA’s 1.25 million workers had done so by 1pm on Tue. Register: vaccine.enroll.health.gov.za
Read 11 tweets
12 Feb
[Thread] 1. Would criminals steal and falsify #CovidVaccines in #Africa? It has started. On 19 November, South Africa received its first freight of falsified #Covid19 “vaccines”. bit.ly/3qcHXYm
2. The falsified #CovidVaccines were found in a warehouse in Germiston. Police tracked the freight from OR Tambo and found prefilled syringes in boxes with Chinese labels. There were strong signs they were going to be sold as genuine #CovidVaccines. bit.ly/3qcHXYm
3. Interpol says the falsified "jabs" had been advertised for sale on a Chinese social media app, WeChat. They had been imported from Singapore as “cosmetic injections”. Two people have been arrested. Police are trying to trace if any were released in SA. bit.ly/3qcHXYm
Read 15 tweets
10 Feb
[Thread] 1. SA will be getting Pfizer jabs to use in #VaccineRolloutSA. Those jabs need to be stored in special freezers at -70 degrees Celsius. We don't have many of those freezers. So how will SA cope?
2. #Mkhize: Pfizer is sending its #CovidVaccines to SA in packaging that allows for the jabs to remain stable for a certain period until they get to a freezer. We've also had companies offering us access to the special freezers required so we can store the jabs safely.
3. Here's more background on the challenges with maintaining the cold chain with Pfizer jabs (some of these challenges have now been addressed with packaging that keeps the jabs at the right temp and more freezers that have become available). bit.ly/3q8UFHs
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