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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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[WATCH] Mix & match: How to pick a booster vaccine

  • The national health department has dropped the wait time between shots for South African adults and is also allowing people to choose which vaccine they’d like as a booster.
  • People who got a Johnson & Johnson jab can return after two months for a booster and those who got Pfizer can line up for a third dose after three months.
  • Research shows that taking a different vaccine in round two could offer you even more protection against the virus.

Do you know which COVID vaccine you’re going to pick as your booster dose? Here’s a handy guide to the latest research on the mix and match approach.

  • Read the full script here.

Yolanda Mdzeke is a multimedia reporter at Bhekisisa.

Joan van Dyk was a health journalist, senior health journalist and news editor at Bhekisisa between 2017 and 2023.

Aisha Abdool Karim was a senior health reporter at Bhekisisa from 2020 to 2022.