Nearly 40% of South African adults fully vaccinated, says ministry

Updated: Dec 31, 2021

As country continues to fight the Omicron variant, the number of fully vaccinated nears 40 percent.

According to the Department of Health, about 38 percent of the country’s adult population has been fully vaccinated to date, thanks to the coordinated effort from both the private and public sectors. "Numbers of people who are fully vaccinated, we're sitting at about 38 percent adult population which is more than 15 million," said Deputy Health Minister Sibongiseni Dhlomo. The department also confirmed nearly 70 percent of the country’s senior citizens. have now been fully vaccinated. Official data from the site shows 27,804,007 vaccines have been administered thus far, made up of 20,987,828 Pfizer shots and 6,816,179 of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccines. Accounting for 56.75 percent of the total vaccinated, the percentage of women who have been vaccinated remains higher than males.

Last week, the country’s health regulator, the SAHPRA approved Pfizer’s shot to be given as a booster. While J&J’s vaccine has been made available as a booster to those aged 18 years and older since last Friday, Pfizer’s vaccine boosters will be made available from the 28th of December. From the half a million administered the J&J vaccine through the Sisonke programme, nearly half have already received their booster shots. Nearly nine million administered Pfizer’s shot have received their second dose, and an additional nine thousand booster shots of Pfizer’s vaccines have already been given. In recent days, the country’s new COVID-19 cases have been steadily declining since reaching 26,389 on the 15th of December. Over the past 24 hours, the country reported 5,604 new cases and 41 deaths.