Staff are working about the clock to improve the appointment system for Covid-19 vaccinations to avoid a repeat of the chaotic scenes at Steve Biko Academic Hospital this weekend as doctors queued for hours to get jabs, according to a senior figure involved in the rollout.

The health department began dispensing Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine to health-care workers last Wednesday under the banner of the Sisonke implementation study. By Sunday evening, 18 sites had been accredited, and more than 15,380 health-care workers vaccinated. But the rollout has been irregular, with some sites proceeding smoothly while others hit snags triggered by unexpectedly large numbers of health-care workers queuing for the shot...

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