- It was recently announced that a batch of Covid-19 vaccinations were due in South Africa on Monday, 1 February
- The news has resulted in many South Africans using the hashtag #VaccineForSA as they share their thoughts
- Many have expressed reluctance to use the vaccine while others said that they would only use it once political users have tried it first
It was recently announced that the first batch of Covid-19 vaccinations will land in South Africa on Monday, 1 February. According to reports, the vaccine, Covishield, will be personally received by President Cyril Ramaphosa.
The vaccine, which was produced and shipped by the Serum Institute of India, is called AstraZeneca and has caused quite a buzz on South African social media as many locals contemplate what should be a saving grace.
While a few expressed relief that the vaccine will be here soon, many others, however, expressed reluctance to take the vaccine. A lot of them remarked that government officials should try the vaccine before it is sent out to the public.
Read a few of their tweets below:
"I act like I'm okay but deep down I don't trust Covid-19 vaccines. #VaccineforSouthAfrica"
"What time is the vaccine landing. Are we going to welcome it, which artists are booked #VaccineforSouthAfrica"
"#VaccineforSouthAfrica What's the worst thing that can happen by taking this vaccine? I just wanna return to normal life."
"I heard that Government top officials will take the vaccine first but deep inside my heart I'm wondering if they will be vaccinated with same Content that will be used in the ordinary South Africans. Same bottles cover can be used for different contents #VaccineforSouthAfrica"
Briefly.co.za earlier reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa will receive the first consignment of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine on Monday. "Covishield" is being produced under license by AstraZeneca through the Serum Institute of India.
President Ramaphosa will be joined by Deputy President David Mabuza and Health Minister Dr. Zweli Mkhize at the OR Tambo International Airport later today. One million doses of the vaccine are expected to arrive at around 3pm this afternoon.
Reports say that vaccinations are expected to start two weeks from the arrival date. News24 reported that the vaccine doses will be stored and tested before mass rollout through Biovac and other distributors. Another 500 000 vaccine doses are expected to arrive later this month.
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