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Covid-19 vaccine will take life back to normal – Zikalala

‘We want churches to open…We want our soccer, rugby, cricket, athletics…(stadiums) to re-open’ – Zikalala on the Covid-19 vaccine

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Covid-19 Vaccine Durban Update: “We have received strong confirmation from medical and scientific expert advice that the recent surge in coronavirus (Covid-19) cases reflects the high number of mostly unvaccinated people.”

This was the word from KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala at a media briefing regarding the status quo regarding Covid-19 vaccine programme in the province on Sunday.

“Everyone knows someone who has died or been affected by COVID-19.

This is serious and is even affecting our economic recovery programme. The experts have also noted that the risk of an adverse outcome from the virus is minimal for persons who are inoculated,” Zikalala said.

“It is now abundantly clear that our passport out of this pandemic, which must take us back to normal life and the better functioning of the economy, will be determined by us taking the vaccine,” he said.

The government officially launched Operation Siyagoma WayaWaya – Let No-one Be Left Behind, at King Cetshwayo District on Friday.

“This mass vaccination programme that we have re-packaged and launched will see all members of the provincial cabinet venture into churches, community residential units (or hostels), shopping malls, and various other places in order to drum up support for the life-saving medical intervention that is vaccination,” he said.

Zikalala said it was “very re-assuring” to see the positive attitude of citizens towards the Covid-19 vaccine.

“It gives us hope that, even though our numbers are not as high as we would like them to be, we will soon turn the corner. Our message is very clear: we are now taking our lives back. We want churches to open, and welcome through their doors large numbers of people, just like they used to, in the past,” he said.

“We want our soccer, rugby, cricket, athletics and other large theatres of sporting excellence to re-open, and allow back into the fold, thousands of spectators. We want to experience, once again, that electrifying atmosphere of screaming at the top of our lungs as we support and cheer on our sporting teams and heroes,” Zikalala said.

He said the only way to achieve this was through vaccination and the province had so far administered a total of 2,3million doses.

“We are currently vaccinating, on average, 30 000 people each day between Monday and Friday, and less than 10 000 over weekends,” he said.

However, said it was concerning that people who fall under the vulnerable 60 plus age group were no longer registering to get the Covid-19 vaccine.

“We still have around 400 000 of these senior citizens, who are at higher risk of succumbing to Covid-19 if they get infected, who have not been vaccinated. Even the 18-34 group, who are at far less risk of suffering Covid-19 complications, are doing much better when compared to these senior citizens,” he said.

“This shows, once again, the level of damage that has been caused by all the myths and misinformation around the safety of the vaccine.”