South Africa to offer vaccine boosters as Omicron spreads


South Africa will offer booster doses of the Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson (J&J) Covid-19 vaccines as the Omicron coronavirus variant drives daily infections towards record highs.

Pfizer boosters will be available to people six months after they receive their second dose, with the first people becoming eligible late this month, the South Africa health department’s deputy-director general, Nicholas Crisp, told a news conference.

J&J boosters, already available to health workers in a research study, will be rolled out to the general population soon, he added.

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