South Africa has reached a milestone of 10-million fully vaccinated adults, according to figures released by the health department on Tuesday night.
The department administered 205,681 Pfizer and J&J vaccines in the last 24-hour cycle, with a total of more than 19-million vaccinations now having been administered.
Since the advent of Covid-19 in the country in March last year, SA has experienced three waves of the pandemic, affecting all nine provinces.
Sunday Times Daily reported on Monday that Dr Ridhwaan Suliman, a senior researcher at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research , said all nine provinces were through the latest wave of infections.
“At this stage the indicators are encouraging. Hospital admissions are declining — but it is still difficult to predict how long this will last and what will transpire. What we are seeing, points to high levels of immunity in the community. It seems some amount of herd immunity has been developed,” he said.
So how long until we reach ‘herd immunity’?
During the launch of the vaccine rollout earlier this year, the government said it aimed to vaccinate 40-million of the adult population to achieve herd immunity.
The World Health Organisation defines herd immunity, or population immunity, as “the indirect protection from an infectious disease that happens when a population is immune either through vaccination or immunity developed through previous infection”.