I am very concerned that only 235 000 out of 1.3 million people over 60 years of age in Gauteng have registered for the Covid-19 vaccine that is due to roll out on 17 May.
It is very important that as many vulnerable people as possible are vaccinated before a possible third wave of infections which appears to be starting.
The two available vaccines, J&J and Pfizer, have both proved to be very effective in preventing severe illness and death from Covid-19, and they have a good safety profile.
It is clear that the benefits outweigh the very small risks of vaccination which can be managed by careful monitoring.
Mass vaccinations of vulnerable people will help our hospitals to avoid being flooded by patients.
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