While a minority of the global population holds strong anti-vaccination views, hesitancy about COVID-19 vaccination is evident amongst most social circles. We have directly asked our members for their feedback, to help you better understand the vaccine experience. This is what they had to say:
“I had my doubts about getting vaccinated and was not sure if I should, but then thoughts of not going home and being with family and friends compelled me to get vaccinated. I had no major side effects apart from a slight headache. I would encourage everyone to get vaccinated. Let’s help stop the spread of the virus.” – Ongeziwe Magunya, Receptionist at Tsebo.
“It is important to get vaccinated as it is our only hope of getting back to normality and saving lives.” – Tshepiso Damane, Auditor at Tsebo.
“In 2019, when I first heard of the coronavirus, I thought it would never affect our country. The death of thousands of people made me realise that not only do I need to protect myself but my family too. When I heard there was a vaccine, I was determined to get vaccinated. I encouraged all family members, friends, and people I know to get vaccinated. The moment I heard we could register, I didn’t hesitate. I got my J&J jab; it was the best choice I made. When I saw family, friends, all nations, young and old people dying everywhere, it became clear that everyone should get the vaccine as it will save lives. It minimises your chances of being hospitalised. I urge everyone to get vaccinated; let’s help to stop the spread of this deadly virus.” – Heslin Simons – IT Technician at Tsebo.
“I am encouraging everyone to get vaccinated. It’s free and not that painful. I went for my vaccine at Nandi Clinic Stanger-KZN.” – Phelelani Khumalo Security Officer at Tsebo.
“Many people are afraid of the vaccine’s potential side effects. When you get vaccinated, the officials explain the possible side effects to you, including a sore arm, headache, fever, etc. They also advise which pain killers to take to help you with the side effects (if need be), and these effects are only temporary. There is scientific evidence of how the vaccine supports your immune system to fight against the COVID-19 virus. I encourage everyone to get vaccinated and save lives.” – Boitumelo Moeketsane, Ward Hostess at Tsebo.
“As a frontline worker and who attends to calls daily in a hospital environment, where COVID-19 patients come in and out, my choice to get vaccinated was with a spirit of promoting good health, especially for someone who lives with children and the elderly. I was fortunate to get vaccinated and have not contracted the virus. The vaccine is 90% effective in preventing or minimising the spread of the virus. My choice to get vaccinated was not only for my well-being but for my family, friends, and the public.” – Ntsikelelo Nkosinathi Mbili, Artisan Aid -Electrical at Tsebo.
“Vaccination continues to be the country’s best defence against COVID-19 in the absence of any cure. Let’s all get vaccinated and stop the spread of the coronavirus.” – Ethel Vanessa Davids, Cleaner at Tsebo.
The content in this communication is for information purposes and is not intended to be detailed advice, you should seek the advice of your physician or a qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.