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Covid-19 vaccinations for 18 to 35-year-olds opens on Friday

Earlier than expected opening comes amid concerns about SA’s slowing vaccination rate, especially among older age groups.
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The government has confirmed that Covid-19 vaccinations for young adults between the ages of 18 and 35 years will open from Friday, August 20.

This follows a Cabinet meeting this week, in which the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) recommended the move, amid slowing vaccination rates among older age groups.

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“Cabinet welcome[s] the vaccination rollout plan to increase the uptake of vaccines, particularly in provinces that had shown a reduction in the uptake of vaccines. As part of increasing the vaccination rollout programme, Cabinet approved the vaccination of persons aged between 18 and 35 years from August 20, 2021,” it said in a statement on Thursday.

“Cabinet received the report from the NCCC indicating that over nine million vaccines have been administered in South Africa to date, with over seven million people partially vaccinated and over four million fully vaccinated.”

“Scientific evidence confirms that vaccinated people stand a better chance of surviving Covid-19 than unvaccinated people. Therefore, we must all dispel the unfounded and misleading conspiracy theories about the vaccines and choose life by vaccinating,” Cabinet reiterated in the statement.

“Cabinet encourages all unvaccinated people in South Africa to get vaccinated because vaccines protect us from getting seriously ill from Covid-19 and they save lives.”

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Meanwhile, Cabinet further approved keeping the country under the Risk-Adjusted Alert Level 3 of the national lockdown, following an advisory from the Ministerial Advisory Committee.

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This seems to have been decided very quickly?? Like kneejerk.

Does this mean the vaccine hesitancy is much worse than expected??

I get the feeling we will battle to get to 50% never mind 66%

When do the stock expire?

Netwerk24 is reporting that, according to a Discovery actuary, 80% of us have had the virus. What’s the point of vaccinations, masks or lock-down then, if 4 out of 5 people have contracted the virus already?

Because u can get again as a diff strain : Having survived it once does not make you Superman !!

Ask me! Had it June last year, got vaccine June this year, got infected last week. Last June was zero symptoms, this time around it’s like a flu from hell (but fortunately not medical attention level)

I spoke to someone just today who’ve had covid twice. He says the 2nd time was much worse. Know of two others that also had it twice – according to them it was similar. So it is better to get the vaccine.

It is said that the vast majority that become infected will have little or no symptoms but will develop natural immune system recognition to inhibit the impact of any future infections from the virus. It is also said that injections offer their limited ability to prevent hospitalisation but this fades after about 6 months and booster jabs will be repeatedly required. Variants are like something new and the same things apply from scratch. Yet the political nature of this virus means that we are being made to do the most radical and ridiculous things endlessly like a dog chasing its tail.

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