Wednesday, 17 February 2021
Bloemfontein: Today; 17 February 2021, at the Universitas Academic Hospital; Bloemfontein, the Free State MEC for Health; Montseng Tsiu, took the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine as part of the Research Trial Implementation study.
The buoyant Tsiu, who is a Professional Nurse by profession, took the vaccine alongside Dr. David Motau; who is the Head of the Department of Health in the Free State. These leaders of Health in the Free State, encouraged Health Care Workers to voluntarily enlist to be vaccinated as part of the National drive to build herd immunity.
Building a herd immunity means that 1,9 million of the 2,9 million in the Free State will be vaccinated to ensure that they are safe from getting the virus. This vaccination campaign is starting with health care workers and will then be rolled out to all other sections of the population in line with the National Rollout Plan.
The MEC and HOD for Health felt the need to take the vaccine to give health care workers reasons to believe that there is nothing sinister about this vaccine because it has passed both the test of safety and efficacy.