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Children From 12 To 17 Years Can Be Vaccinated, Says SA Health Minister

 

South African children aged from 12 to 17 years old will be allowed to receive COVID-19 vaccines starting from 20 October, the country’s Health Minister Dr Joe Phaahla said on Friday.

He said that children will be vaccinated through the Electronic Vaccination Data System (EVDS) and they can go to any private and public vaccination site nearest to them.

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“Today I am happy to announce that we have reached a stage where we ready to open up vaccination for children between 12-17 years of age, and majority of this cohort are in the secondary or high school level,” said Phaahla.

According to local publication, The South African, Phaahla said this is to allow necessary preparation on the EVDS registration system and also other logistical preparations.

Phaahla also noted that the national vaccination programme remained stable having kept the momentum of the previous week.

Parents would not be required to give consent for their children to be vaccinated as the Children’s Act provided for 12-17 year-olds to give their own consent for any medical treatment, said acting health director-general Nicholas Crisp.

The total doses administered per day have remained around 2,000 with some days just below that as was the case on Wednesday but above that on Thursday at 215,438.

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