First SA healthcare worker to receive covid-19 vaccine delivers baby

Image via: Premier Alan Winde Facebook

First SA healthcare worker to receive vaccine delivers baby shortly after

Zoliswa Gidi-Ndyosi delivered a healthy baby boy weighing five kilograms at the Khayelitsha Hospital shortly after receiving the vaccine.

First SA healthcare worker to receive covid-19 vaccine delivers baby

Image via: Premier Alan Winde Facebook

Nurse Zoliswa Gidi-Ndyosi was the very first SA healthcare worker to receive the COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday 17 February 2021 — just one day after the Johnson & Johnson vaccine delivery touched down on SA soil at the OR Tambo International Airport. Shortly after getting the jab at the Khayelitsha District Hospital, she managed to deliver a healthy five-kilogram baby boy. 

President Cyril Ramaphosa and Health Minister Zweli Mkhize also got vaccinated shortly after Zoliswa Gidi-Ndyosi.


Gidi-Dyosi, who is a midwife, says she experienced no side effects after the vaccination and returned to her workstation shortly after getting her jab. 

According to the Western Cape Government, part of the vaccination process is to be monitored for 15 minutes after receiving the vaccine. 

“When I returned to my working station after getting my shot, there was a patient who needed to deliver her baby. I delivered the baby boy. This shows that after receiving the vaccine, you can return to your normal life. I feel fine and I am still able to work,” she said. 

The mom of the baby boy, who chose not to be identified, thanked Sister Gidi-Dyosi for safely delivering her baby. 

“I was very happy after staff told me that the sister was vaccinated and delivered my baby. I was in labour and when sister arrived it went quickly. I am grateful,” she said. 


Sister Gidi-Dyosi didn’t realise that she would be the first person to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in the country but says she feels honoured. 

“At first, I didn’t know that I would make history by being the first person to get the vaccine in the country. I thought I would just work, get the vaccine, and then go back to work. Then I realised later that this was a big deal, and I was going to be first. I am honoured and happy. My friends and husband messaged me to say, ‘You’re trending and you’re on TV.”

Gidi-Dyosi hopes to inspire others to take the vaccine and wants to lead by example. 

“I decided to take the vaccine to break the ice. I wanted to show people that this vaccine is not here to kill us. It is here to help us and to protect us. I want to motivate others,” she said. 

“The vaccine has given us hope. Working during COVID-19 has been hectic, but I have hope now. I encourage all South Africans to take the vaccine. Let’s consent to it, as we know nobody can force you to take it, but you can take it for your own health and your loved ones,” she added. 

Healthcare Workers can #UniteToVaccinateWC by registering to be vaccinated on the Electronic Vaccine Data System (EVDS) here.