Health minister Zweli Mkhize has warned South Africans that receiving the Covid-19 vaccine does not guarantee complete immunity from the coronavirus.
Health minister Zweli Mkhize has warned South Africans that receiving the Covid-19 vaccine did not guarantee complete immunity from the coronavirus.
Image:Alaister Russell/The Sunday TimesHealth minister Zweli Mkhize has warned South Africans that receiving the Covid-19 vaccine does not guarantee complete immunity from the coronavirus.“The vaccine will protect you from getting severe Covid-19 disease or dying from Covid-219. However, no vaccine works 100% and we also still do not know whether vaccination prevents transmission of the coronavirus,” Mkhize said.
“It is therefore still important to follow the standard Covid-19 safety precautions to protect yourself and those around you,” he said.Mkhize was speaking on Sunday ahead of the rollout of the second phase of the Covid-19 vaccination plan which will see citizens above the age of 60 inoculated.
He said the country was ready for the rollout.Mkhize warned that the vaccinations may come with mild side-effects.“Many people have mild symptoms after vaccination. These include flu-like symptoms like mild fever, headache and tiredness, as well as redness, swelling and pain at the injection site,” said Mkhize. headtopics.com
If you have serious symptoms after vaccination, seek care at your local clinic or hospitalHealth minister Zweli Mkhize “These generally disappear within one or two days and can be managed at home with rest and paracetamol,” he said.“If you have more serious symptoms such as severe headache, severe abdominal pain or severe limb pain, you should call our Covid-19 hotline on 0800 029 999 for advice, or seek care at your local clinic or hospital.”
As areas in the country are already in the third wave of Covid-19 infections, Mkhize stressed the importance of vaccinating as many people as soon as possible.He warned that there may be a slow start at the beginning of the second phase of Covid-19 vaccinations but said the numbers should pick up during the course of the month.
The minister said there were 87 vaccination sites nationally, with 83 in the public sector and four were in the private sector. The health department was hoping to up this number to 200 by the end of the week.Following Mkhize’s address, provincial health MECs provided briefings on their readiness for the next phase of the vaccine rollout programme.Read more: Sowetan LIVE »
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Why so much fuss, hype and fanfare around something so useless! Then what's does the vaccine do. Will people turn into zombies when it takes effect? So, why take it? Madness to risk your live with no guarantees from the manufacturers!!! This is just another flue. Death figures are manipulated to induce fear in society. DONT take it!!!
JvanLogg Jeez, these guys can't even get their positive messaging right. It's a complete circus. Its useless to take it then So what is the use of taking the jab while it is not going to be a shield against covid-19. So what's a point of taking it Eban😂😂 What happened to Tried and Tested process?🤔🤔 So what's the point 🤷🏽♀️
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