South Africa’s Health Authorities Starts Vaccinating The Homeless

South Africa’s health authorities have started vaccinating the homeless, one of the country’s most vulnerable communities, with one-dose vaccines to ensure full protection against the coronavirus.

It’s estimated that around 200,000 people live on South Africa’s streets, which is a vulnerable community that’s been hit extra hard by the COVID-19 pandemic due to the harsh outdoor environment and a higher rate of preexisting medical conditions.

The Western Cape Government says it will prioritize the use of the single-dose Johnson and Johnson jabs in its drive to vaccinate people living in remote, homeless and rural communities.

The homeless people in South Africa who want to be vaccinated will be able to sign up whether or not they have formal identity documents and then will be entered in South Africa’s Electronic Vaccine Data System.

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