Your guide to side-effects: What you can expect after a COVID jab

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Vaccines are our most powerful tool to fight the COVID pandemic. Soon, South Africa will start with its mass roll-out. We take a look at what to expect when you get vaccinated.

People without medical aid can now do walk-ins at private sites. How does it...

The health department has issued new guidance on how South Africa’s COVID vaccination sites should handle “walk-ins”. We unpack the document from how it works to who is covered.

Welcome to the wonderful world of vaccination. Here’s why young people should get the...

Are you confused about COVID vaccines? A lot of young people are on the fence about whether they should get their jab or not. To put your mind at ease, we had an infectious diseases expert break it down.
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SA is not reaching herd immunity. Our new goal is containment – here’s how...

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The stop-start nature of South Africa’s roll-out is not the only reason herd immunity is an unrealistic goal for this year. A scarce supply of vaccines and new variants of concern circulating in the country play a role too. Find out more.

Q&A: Six things you’d want to know about COVID jabs

South Africa is on the verge of rolling out COVID vaccines widely, but can we vaccinate children and pregnant women, and which jabs work against the 501Y.V2 variants identified in South Africa? We asked the epidemiologist and former ministerial advisory committee chairperson, Salim Adbool Karim.

Updated: Pregnant and breastfeeding women will soon be included in the Sisonke J&J trial

The Sisonke trial, that was paused earlier this month because of the US government's regulator the Food and Drug Administration's , investigation into rare blood clotting disorders associated with the Johnson & Johnson jab, will resume on Wednesday, April 28th.

The jabs that could save us — an introduction to COVID vaccines for journos

We co-hosted an online course on COVID vaccine science for journalists.  The course content was conceptualised by Bhekisisa and the Centre for Evidence-based Health Care...

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

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More COVID vaccines are arriving in South Africa over the next few weeks. These jabs are allocated for healthcare workers as part of the Sisonke trial. Find out where they'll be available.

What does South Africa’s COVID vaccine roll-out plan say?

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With the first COVID jabs beginning to roll out, South Africa has announced its plan to reach two-thirds of the population once doses reach our shores. The country is expecting to receive its first share of available shots within the second quarter of this year. Here’s a look at who will get it and how.

Keen to join the People’s Vaccine Campaign? Here’s what it’s about

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South Africa’s government cannot handle the COVID-19 vaccine rollout alone, these activists say. That’s why it’s time for citizens to get involved in this ‘life or death’ issue.
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South Africa guidelines for contact tracing of COVID-19 patients, health promotion and handling of...

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Guidelines on how we navigate home and work during the coronavirus pandemic. Resource details: Publication title: COVID-19 Environmental Health GuidelinesAuthor(s): Department of HealthPublication date: 16 March...

Beaches, bars and gyms are back: What you can and can’t do under level...

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The curfew stays, you'll have to wear a mask to the gym and you can only order alcohol until 10pm. But you'll be able...

‘Hard lockdown is no longer sustainable in its current form’ — Mkhize

Take a look at what Health Minister Zweli Mkhize presented to the National Command Council. Resource details: Publication Title: Presentation to the National Command Council: Easing...

‘I’m safe because you’re safe’: How COVID-19 brought science into our homes

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Leading epidemiologists come together to discuss how COVID-19 has changed the meaning and process of science in this lecture presented by South Africa’s National...

When all else fails: Why people opt for backstreet abortions

Abortion is legal in South Africa. But bad treatment, stigma, a lack of privacy and long waiting periods for abortions at government clinics can drive people to illegal providers. A reproductive health researcher and an abortion doctor explain backroom abortions and what can be done to make it easier to go the safe route instead.

Sorry, no scalp massages: Hairdresser rules under #level3lockdown

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Itching to get your hair and nails done during lockdown? Well, now you can visit your stylist — but make sure to book an...