From Today 20 August, people aged between 18 and above are eligible to receive their Covid-19 vaccinations. The Cabinet approved the vaccinations of this group on Thursday, after a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday.
It is said that the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) recommended the move as part of increasing the vaccine roll-out in the country.
The vaccination of people aged between 18 and 34 comes with mixed feelings where people said this aged group was supposed to be vaccinated first as an investment to the future of South Africa.
Meanwhile, other people say they don’t see anything wrong with starting with elderly people because their chances of surviving the virus were high.
A resident from Mpumalanga Province Anastacia Mathebula says that people should just do what they think is right for them.
“If People think the vaccine can help with minimizing the spread of the virus [corona], the chance of contracting the virus and severity of it, then they should just go ahead and vaccinate,” said Mathebula.
When it comes to the idea that the Government should have vaccinated this age group [ between 18 and 34] first because is the investment to the future she said elders people are at the higher risk of not surviving the virus.
“Remember that the virus targets people with weak immune systems and elders are known to have chronic diseases, which means that their chances of contracting the virus and not surviving were extremely high,” she said.
Tacia continues to say that I don’t see anything wrong with only vaccinating the youth now, If it is really about investing in the future, it is not too late.
Radzilani Tshifhiwa Stanley agreed with the opinion of Tacia Mathebula, where she said People should just do what they think is right for them.
” For me, I believe everyone has the rich to choose what’s right for them and if they believe vaccinating it’s what they want to do then it’s okay they should,” said the co-founder of Unwritten Media Creatives Radzilani Tshifhiwa.
Radzilani also said that they [Government] are not sure if the vaccine makes people’s immune to the virus and there have been so many complications throughout the world with those recommended vaccines while African country Madagascar vaccine has zero cases reported of any complications.
A few months ago, The president of SouthAfrica Cyril Ramaphosa said no one will be forced to take vaccines, but people are being encouraged to take vaccines by the Government either direct or indirect. One of the South African shops Woolworth once said they will give customers a 10% save when they produce vaccine cards.
“People should not be forced indirectly by those institutions,” Radzilani added.
The MEC of health in Limpopo Dr. Phophi Ramathuba said that People who are between 18 and 34 years old will bring along a person who is 60 years and above will not stand in the queue.