Covid-19 changed the world we live in. Tens of thousands of families lost loved ones and businesses closed their doors; millions of people lost their jobs and income. Lockdown restrictions also slashed billions from our GDP.
The reality is that the longer restrictions remain in place, the more pronounced the long-term economic damage will be, and this will affect every single South African.
I am not a medical professional, but legitimate statistics indicate that Covid-19 vaccines are safe, effective and prevent most people from getting really sick.
Yes, there are some adverse effects, but severe reactions are extremely rare.
US research shows only 7 650 of the more than 380 million people who were vaccinated died. This is a ratio of one in 50 000.
To put it in perspective, around 14 000 people die on South African roads every year – thus it is exponentially more dangerous to drive to a vaccination site than to get the injection!
I agree that vaccines are not perfect and are not a cure for the disease. Still, their ability to reduce the severity of the illness may allow for an accelerated lifting of lockdown regulations. The more people are vaccinated, the quicker this may happen.
I urge all South Africans to get the jab.
If you are 18 and above, don’t hesitate – ‘vaccinate’ against Covid-19 at a site near you. You don’t have to wait for an SMS. Own Your Life – Vaccinate. For you and your loved ones.
Any questions or concerns? Visit sacoronavirus.co.za.
Register online or on WhatsApp – send ‘Hi’ to 0600 123 456. Then go and get vaccinated.
This message is brought to you by the Department of Health in collaboration with African Media Entertainment (AME), The Citizen and Caxton Local Media.