Health workers line up for vaccination in Soweto


A year on from South Africa’s first lockdown, health workers were lining up outside a hospital to receive their vaccine against COVID-19.

Long queues of people stood outside the doors to the Chris Hani Baragwaneth Academic Hospital in the town of Soweto on Friday.

The hospital was administering doses of the vaccine produced by Johnson & Johnson to health care workers as the country pushes ahead with its vaccination campaign.

Khensani Chauke works as a paramedic in Johannesburg and said she would be going to work with greater confidence after receiving the vaccine.

On 26 March 2020, South Africa entered lockdown for the first time in an attempt to manage COVID-19 infections.

A day later the country reported its first death and cases rose well above 1,000.

So far South Africa has vaccinated 220,129 health care workers with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

A large clinical trial has shown it to be effective against the coronavirus variant found in South Africa.


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