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South Africa approves use of J&J Covid-19 booster

South Africa approves use of J&J Covid-19 booster

South Africa approves use of J&J Covid-19 booster

Pretoria, Dec 23 (Prensa Latina) The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) approved a second booster dose of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) Covid-19 vaccine.
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According to the entity, the additional dose will be administered to people over 18 years of age who received the initial single dose.

As stipulated, the second J&J dose should be given at least two months after the first one.

SAHPRA has also decided to approve the mixing and matching of different Covid-19 vaccines.

Those who received Pfizer-BioNTech’s two-dose vaccine may also be eligible to receive a third dose of J&J’s vaccine, in what is known as a heterologous boost, SAHPRA says.

At the moment, the South African Ministry of Health has not ruled on this option.

The dosing interval for the heterologous booster dose (J&J) will be six months after Pfizer’s second injection, the regulator said.

Over 6.8 million people, including healthcare workers, have already been vaccinated in South Africa with the J&J vaccine.

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