Vaccination of healthcare workers to start this week

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After a long wait, the vaccination of South African healthcare workers is expected to start before the end of the week. 

About 80 000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccines that were set aside to be used in clinical trials are expected to land in the country on Tuesday from Belgium. 

This after the National Department of Health had to, at the last minute, change their healthcare worker vaccination plans following findings that the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine was not highly effective against the 501Y.V2 variant that was first discovered in South Africa. 

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