SAMA condemns healthcare workers discouraging vaccination as vaccine apartheid continues

SOUTH AFRICA – The South African Medical Association (SAMA) has expressed its dismay at reports that some healthcare workers, including doctors, have discouraged patients from getting COVID-19 vaccinations, based on doubts about the vaccine’s safety and effectiveness. SAMA Chairperson, Dr Angelique Coetzee, said the organisation wholly rejects any doubts about the COVID-19 vaccine. “There is high confidence among the scientific and medical community about the effectiveness and safety of the vaccines being rolled-out in South Africa, and they have also undergone safety and efficacy tests by the South African Health…

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South African medics threaten court action as staff shortages hit COVID response Access

SOUTH AFRICA -The South African Medical Association (SAMA) has threatened to take the government to court because scores of new junior doctors cannot find placements despite staff shortages during the COVID-19 pandemic. SAMA said it was “scandalous” that, during a third wave of infections, 228 medical interns who graduated in March and April were waiting for the government to place them at public hospitals to complete their training. A spokesperson at the Department of Health did not respond to a request for comment. “They (the interns) were supposed to all…

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