Government is aiming to immunise 67 percent of South Africa’s population against COVID-19 by the end of the year. Officials say the first doses are dedicated to healthcare workers and a priority list has been shared with the public.
Some provinces like the Eastern Cape have a detailed vaccine rollout plan, but we wait for a national one from government. Retired nurse Jacomina Adrianse hopes she gets immunised soon.
Adrianse was a frontline worker at the Rahima Moosa Hospital for 37 years and wanted to return to the field last year to help in the fight against COVID-19.
“I also wanted to go and help because I feel there is a need. The load of work becomes heavy,” she said. But with the age and all my comorbidities, it won’t be possible for me to go back. I am diabetic and I am a cancer survivor so I know how it is to be sick and need hospital care”.
She’s somewhat hopeful the vaccine helps so that she too can don her uniform again and help. We are so scared out there. You die alone when you are in hospital,” Adrianse said.
“So, if this vaccine is going to work, give it first to the frontline workers. In the meantime, Adrianse has to hang up her uniform until she gets immunised before helping again on the frontline.
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