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Mix-and-match Covid-19 vaccines approved in South Africa

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South Africa‘s health ministry says people over the age of 18 will now be allowed to “mix” their vaccines.

It means, for example, that those who took the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be eligible to receive a booster dose of Pfizer.

The new regulations mean there is now a shorter waiting period between the first and second dose.

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From Wednesday, the interval between the first and the second doses of the Pfizer jab will be reduced from six weeks to three weeks.

There will now also be a shorter waiting period of two months for a booster dose for those who’ve taken the Johnson & Johnson shot.

Until recently scientists around the world have been divided on the merits and safety of mixing vaccines.

It’s been done in parts of Europe and in the US.

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About 31 million doses have been administered in South Africa so far, and officials hope these latest measures will boost uptake.

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