The shortage of the version of testosterone used by state facilities and nonprofits has left transgender men in South Africa with few options
Vaccines don’t last forever. When they reach their expiration date, the jabs need to be disposed of in a way that ensures they aren’t retrievable. A waste management company explains how this is done
Data collected by Unicef shows an alarming drop-off in shipments arriving in the continent since the start of 2022
Vaccine hesitancy, corruption, and conspiracy theories and disinformation slow down uptake of Covid-19 vaccines
Just under a third of South Africa’s Pfizer vaccines are set to expire by July, so the health department is trying to increase uptake of the doses and donate spare shots
Children aged five to 11 get smaller doses of the Pfizer vaccine than adults. That means the government will have to buy new vials to vaccinate this age group but the health department doesn’t have the money to do so
Low uptake anticipated because of festive season, but healthcare workers stand ready
The government has also started administering J&J booster shots from 24 December and will roll out Pfizer boosters from 28 December
Omicron’s many mutations allow it to duck our body’s natural defence, but the immune system has a some tricks to prevent you from getting severely ill
Those 12 years and older who are severely immunocompromised can get a Pfizer booster dose at least 28 days after their second jab
The 10-day healthcare worker ‘isolate and contact trace’ policy puts pressure on other healthcare workers and compromises hospitals’ ability to deliver quality healthcare
The World Health Organisation has enlisted a team of South African researchers to produce a new mRNA Covid-19 vaccine, but with no recipe to follow, it’s not an easy task
The country’s health products regulator has received an application from vaccine manufacturer Pfizer for third-dose approval
A new World Health Organisation initiative is helping nations make their own vaccines, reducing their dependency on imports.
Organ recipients are at greater risk of death from Covid-19, while waiting lists for transplants grow
More than 39 000 young people had registered on the government’s database by 4pm on Wednesday
Teenagers between the ages of 12 and 17 will be able to register to receive their Covid-19 jab from 20 October. This group will be given only one dose of the Pfizer vaccine, for now
Vaccinology researcher Professor Shabir Madhi said young people were being vaccinated to reduce the number of people who could transmit the virus and the focus should instead be on people over the age of 50
There are few, if any, studies to support Pfizer chief executive’s assertion that the global south would be more vaccine-hesitant than the north
Vulnerable older groups remain a priority for the health department, so no Covid-19 jabs for children for now
South Africa is still awaiting millions of Covid-19 vaccines from Johnson & Johnson even though the country contributed to its research through the Ensemble and Sisonke studies
Russia’s COVID vaccine, Sputnik V, is plagued by a series of red flags and question marks surrounding its clinical trials and results. Here’s how the jab took a shortcut and created sceptics about its underlying science.
Vaccine acceptance has risen to 72%, but inequality remains the biggest stumbling block for poor people’s access to the jab
The past seven days show an 18.2% increase in new infections, compared with the previous week, says health minister
‘Red light’ as numbers getting vaccinated dips because most don’t people don’t have medical aid or are victims of misinformation — and health department needs to ‘improve user experience’
People aged 35 and over without a medical scheme can benefit from free walk-ins at easy to reach private-sector pharmacies
Covid-19 variants are new versions of the virus that are smarter at surviving. But before we can understand what these changed forms mean for vaccines, we first need to go back to the basics. We take you through the evolution of the virus and what this means for your body’s defences.
Even if herd immunity is finally reached in South Africa, non-pharmaceutical measures are necessary
Vaccines help to reduce the spread of Covid-19, but they are not without shortcomings. Here’s what they can and can’t do
Scientists know that people who have had Covid still benefit from getting vaccinated with at least one shot of the vaccine. But can you get vaccinated while you have Covid?
As more vaccines arrive in the country, South Africa could administer 420 000 doses a day
Being fully vaccinated ‘makes you a little bit more comfortable in your skin’, says 61-year-old Elize Parker