- Denoza is pleased with the arrival of 80,000 doses of J&J vaccine, although he is looking forward to more.
- The Nursing Association hopes no one will be discriminated against in relation to the vaccine.
- The union says further education is needed to end the myths about the Cubid vaccine 19.
The Democratic Nursing Organization of South Africa (DENOZA) says it will be disappointed if health care workers do not take the Covid-19 vaccine, which is expected to roll out in the coming weeks.
The union said that although the first 80,000 doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine were not enough for over a million health workers in the country, it was a step in the right direction in the fight against the virus.
Danosa has urged health care workers in rural areas not to be left behind during the launch, according to his Sibongisini Delhalzo spokesman.
Delihlazo spoke to News24 outside the Steve Biko Academic Hospital, where health workers received their first blows.
Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria and Chris Hani Bergwana Academic Hospital in Soweto are among the 17 vaccine centers in the country identified for the launch.
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Delihlazo said a larger amount of the vaccine was better, but they hoped it would accelerate more doses.
“At the very least, we should be grateful that as a nation we have at least 48,800 active cases. This should give us some time to check who is really exposed to the virus in terms of health care workers, those who care for patients who are in facilities while we speak. We must give them priority “, said.
Delihlazo said the health workers were nervous because the vaccine was in high demand, so they hoped there would be honesty around its delivery across the country.
The speaker said:
We know that across the country there are 17 sites where it will be managed and we hope that each of the health workers, especially those in rural areas, [will be vaccinated], So that no one is deprived simply because he is in rural areas.
Delihlazo said further education is needed to answer questions about the effectiveness of the vaccine.
He said that, just like regular patients, some health workers discussed the vaccine and whether they would take it.
Once you have people expressing reservations, this must be an indication that information needs to be required as quickly as possible. It is important [for] People take it, based on valid information. We will be disappointed if health care workers do not take it, based on poor information or lack of information.
Anesthesiologist Dr. Onika Khubu-Mapa at the Academic Hospital Steve Biko was among the workers who took the detour on Wednesday.
The doctor, who said she lost her parents to Covid 19, added that everyone has questions about the vaccine, but the only way to get answers was to conduct experiments.
“If many of us participate in the experiment, as the researchers expected, we will help answer unanswered questions. If it works, it will be good,” the doctor said.
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