Clicks and Dis-Chem offering Covid-19 vaccines: what you need to know

SA pharmaceutical groups Dis-Chem and Clicks have announced plans to offer Covid-19 vaccines at their retail outlets.

2021-05-18 01:42:00 AM

SA pharmaceutical groups Dis-Chem and Clicks have announced plans to offer Covid-19 vaccines at their retail outlets.

SA pharmaceutical groups Dis-Chem and Clicks have announced plans to offer Covid-19 vaccines at their retail outlets.

Gauteng, the Eastern Cape, the Free State, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape. Kruger said Dis-Chem will administer between 500 and 600 Covid-19 jabs a day. “Once the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is released, we will make it available in our stores. The capacity will not be 500. We will probably look at [administering] between 20 and 40 a day per store,” she said. 

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Kruger said Dis-Chem will expand its operations to 32 mass vaccination sites across the country, depending on the demand.Vaccines to be administered in public and private sectorssaid the vaccine will be administered in 83 public sectors and four in the private sector. 

The sites will be published on the SA coronavirus website. Mkhize said no walk-ins will be accommodated from Monday.“The programme has been designed to avoid long queues. This is why it is important that people should register beforehand, and follow the instructions which they receive by SMS,” he said.  headtopics.com

“If you miss your vaccine appointment for any reason, you will be rescheduled, that is given another date and time to be vaccinated. If you miss three appointments, you will not be rescheduled again. However, you will still be on the system, and can ask to be scheduled again by calling the Covid-19 hotline or visiting a registration site.”

You can’t choose your vaccineAccording to Mkhize, at this stage no-one can choose which vaccine they want receive.“When you get vaccinated you will be informed which vaccine you are getting and if a second dose is needed. You will receive the date, time and place of your second dose by SMS or a card will be issued to you on the day of vaccination if you do not have a phone.”

He said most people will get their first and second doses at the same site.“The Pfizer vaccines are safe and work well, even against the variant that is dominant in this country. After 14 days, one starts to show markers of immunity. There is very good literature to show the interval between doses can be increased to six weeks.”

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