COVID-19 Vaccine | Everything you need to know

Like South Africa, countries the world over are rolling out COVID-19 vaccination programmes. To support you in better understanding this process and to answer all of your questions around COVID-19 vaccination, we've created this dedicated, regularly updated, information portal.

Understanding the COVID-19 vaccine

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We've all heard people refer to the time periods relating to isolation for those who contract COVID 19, or quarantine for those are exposed to the disease.
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Dr Ron Whelan, head of Discovery's COVID-19 Task Team (and chief commercial officer at Discovery Health), shares answers to a set of important questions around COVID-19 vaccines.
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Remarkable technology has fuelled the development of the various COVID-19 vaccines being produced around the world.
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This article - the first in a series of two - explains the words we all need to understand to be able to understand the ins and outs of COVID-19 vaccines (and all vaccines). Empower yourself with key vaccine vocabulary ahead of our second article which explores individual vaccines in fuller detail.
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Imagine layers of protection against COVID-19 as slices of Swiss cheese stacked one after the other. In recent months, experts have made reference to the "Swiss cheese metaphor" to explain how every preventive action has flaws, but together they create a powerful barrier against the spread of COVID-19 infection.
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There's never been a more important time to protect yourself against COVID-19 misinformation. Debunking misinformation is essential when it comes to the safety and efficacy of delivering vaccines to fight the virus.
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On Friday, 18 December 2020, Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize, announced that a new variant - called the '501.V2 variant' - of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19 disease) had been identified in South Africa. How does a variant originate? What does this mean for you? How does this affect our vaccine roll-out?
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COVID-19 is a disease caused by SARS-CoV-2. Other conditions caused by viruses include the common cold, flu, measles, chickenpox and many more.

The Importance of Vaccines in the Fight Against COVID-19

How important are vaccines, what role will medical aids play and what are the costs involved in securing such a mammoth, nationwide rollout? Medical schemes are obliged to pay for vaccinations at cost from their risk pool of funds, says Ryan Noach (CEO Discovery Health) and any surplus from the sale of vaccines will be redirected to fund an additional seven million people or 15% of the population.

Where we are with COVID-19 vaccines nationally and globally

The COVID-19 second surge is upon us. Once again, we are faced with many new clinical dilemmas. Professor Helen Rees recently led a webinar explaining where we are with COVID-19 vaccines. She is internationally renowned for her research and policy work in vaccines, HIV and drug regulation both globally and on the African continent. Listen to this webinar and find the answers to some of your questions.

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