- The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (Denosa) says it has received reports from members that some health facilities advised them not to go public if they experience side effects from the Covid-19 vaccine
- Denosa acting general-secretary Cassim Lekhoathi gave a statement saying side effects are inevitable, however, they must be communicated
- Nurses are too scared to report any side effects as they fear losing their jobs
The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (Denosa) has been getting reports from members claiming that health institutions are swearing them to secrecy regarding side effects of the Covid-19 vaccine.
Denosa acting general-secretary Cassim Lekhoathi openly admitted that side effects were inevitable, however, transparency needed to be a priority.
“This issue of side-effects is a common expectation. Whenever you take medication, any type of medication, there’s a possibility that you will have side-effects and then you will react…
“In this case, we are advised that some people have been told that they must not express or talk about their experience of the side effects because it will sort of discouraging other people from getting the vaccine, which I think it is not well-thought-of, if the patient reacts, you need to act.”
Nurses need to be forthcoming but are afraid to as they are being warned to keep quiet.
In other news around the coronavirus, Briefly News previously reported that contact sports in schools across Mzansi have been suspended with immediate effect. The Department of Basic Education made the announcement on Wednesday, 19 May shortly after a virtual meeting with the Council of Education Ministers.
Angie Motshekga's department said it was evident that protocols and various government gazettes outlining safety measures to curb the spread of the virus during contact sports were not working.
In a statement, the department explained that the Outbreak Response Team said the risk was high when engaged in close-contact sports following the school sports activities related to Covid-19 outbreaks in Gauteng and the general rise of cases in communities across Mzansi.
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