Covid-19 jab does not give total immunity, warns Mkhize
Minister urges citizens to keep adhering to the standard safety precautions
Health minister Zweli Mkhize has warned South Africans that receiving the Covid-19 vaccine does not guarantee complete immunity from the coronavirus.
“The vaccine will protect you from getting severe Covid-19 disease or dying from Covid-19. However, no vaccine works 100% and we also still do not know whether vaccination prevents transmission of the coronavirus,” Mkhize said.
“It is therefore still important to follow the standard Covid-19 safety precautions to protect yourself and those around you,” he said.
Mkhize was speaking on Sunday before the rollout of the second phase of the Covid-19 vaccination plan in terms of which citizens above the age of 60 will be inoculated.
He said the country is ready for the rollout.
Mkhize warned that the vaccinations may come with mild side-effects.
“Many people have mild symptoms after vaccination. These include flu-like symptoms like mild fever, headache and tiredness, as well as redness, swelling and pain at the injection site,” said Mkhize.
If you have serious symptoms after vaccination, seek care at your local clinic or hospitalHealth minister Zweli Mkhize
“These generally disappear within one or two days and can be managed at home with rest and paracetamol,” he said.
“If you have more serious symptoms such as severe headache, severe abdominal pain or severe limb pain, you should call our Covid-19 hotline on 0800 029 999 for advice, or seek care at your local clinic or hospital.”
As areas in the country are already in the third wave of Covid-19 infections, Mkhize stressed the importance of vaccinating as many people as soon as possible.
He warned that there may be a slow start at the beginning of the second phase of Covid-19 vaccinations but said the numbers should pick up during the course of the month.
The minister said there were 87 vaccination sites nationally, with 83 in the public sector and four in the private sector. The health department aims to up this number to 200 by the end of the week.
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