Picture: 123RF/LUIS CARCELLER
Picture: 123RF/LUIS CARCELLER

Refusing to have vaccinations is now the 10th-biggest medical emergency in the world. Could the SA government’s tardiness in ordering Covid-19 vaccines have been due, at least in part, to pockets of anti-vaxxers within government structures?

While it is easy to say “I won’t be vaccinated” when there is no vaccine available and the infections are happening on “the other side of town”, current surveys suggest the take-up might be as low as 50%. If this happened — and President Cyril Ramaphosa is clearly alarmed by the possibility — herd immunity would not be achieved.

As we have already heard our chief justice say some very strange things about the Covid-19 vaccine, persuading enough people to take it in time may be just as crucial as securing sufficient supplies.

James Cunningham, Camps Bay

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