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The first batch of COVID vaccines touched down in South Africa in February 2021. Health workers were the first to get a jab under the Sisonke study. But even before the country had bought any jabs, our reporters were writing about the logistics and the politics of the project. If you want to know how well the vaccines work, how the different jabs compare or what it takes to create a vaccine from research, to regulation, to rollout, you’re at the right place.

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Where can South Africa’s healthcare workers get a COVID vaccine?

South Africa’s Sisonke programme aims to roll-out half a million COVID-19 vaccines to healthcare workers. Of these 230 000 doses have arrived in the country.

Our first delivery of 80 000 Johnson and Johnson vaccines arrived on 16 February. The country’s second consignment from the company, also of 80 000 doses, landed on 27 February. A further 70 000 vaccines arrived on 20 March. The fourth and final batch is expected to arrive around 3 April.

Once the doses arrive in South Africa, they are then distributed to various vaccination sites across the country that have been earmarked by the national department of health. Initially, there were 18 active sites — this has now been expanded to 58 sites.

The aim of the latest expansion — which includes 12 new sites — is to improve the access which rural healthcare workers have to the vaccine.

As more doses arrive, new sites for their distribution will be activated in order for the national vaccine roll-out to continue expanding.

Bhekisisa has created this interactive map to help you locate your nearest vaccination point and keep track of where doses are available. At this point only healthcare workers — including anyone working in a healthcare setting — are eligible to receive the jab.

We will continue to update the map as new sites are activated.

Note on the Map: Private/public categorisation of vaccine facilities may differ in other reports, due to some facilities receiving both public and private funds.

[Update 02 March 2021 15:00 This article was updated to note an issue relating to how vaccine facilities are categorised on the map]

[Update 04 March 2021 13:30 This article was updated to include new information from the Hospital Association of South Africa]

[Update 23 March 2021 16:30 This article was updated to include information about active vaccination sites from the South African Medical Research Council.]

Mohale Moloi worked at Bhekisisa as a television producer and health journalist from July 2021 to March 2024.