The vaccination of children aged 12 to 17 against Covid-19 began in South Africa today, potentially adding around six million additional people to the country’s vaccination programme, half of whom the department of Health said it hoped to vaccinate by the start of the school holidays. News24 quotes Minister of Health, Joe Phaahla, as saying that the cohort will be eligible to receive one dose of the Pfizer vaccine and that while the Children’s Act states that children aged 12 and older can consent to their own medical treatment, it is recommended that parents discuss the benefits of the vaccine with children and accompany them when they present themselves at vaccination sites.