According to the Actuarial Society of SA (ASSA) 21.3-m Covid-19 shots had been administered in SA by October 24 , but only 11.56-m adults, or 28.8% of the adult population were fully immunised.

SA may still see a peak of cases of between 19 000 and 20 000 a day, but we would expect to see a much lower peak in deaths, said Adam Lowe, a member of ASSA’s Covid-19 working group.

Lowe said the logistics of the rollout will have to be significantly enhanced to ensure vaccines reach the rural and less technologically enabled population, as well as overcoming the vaccine hesitancy and outright anti-vaccine sentiment, which still exists.

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