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​More than 5 000 municipal health practitioners are earmarked for Covid-19 vaccines within the coming weeks, with the first group of 16 officials having already been inoculated.

Health and Social Development MMC, Cllr Eunice Mgcina says all frontline workers in the City’s healthcare facilities will be jabbed with the Covid-19 vaccine as part of the initial phase of the national inoculation drive.

To date, over twenty frontline workers in municipal healthcare facilities have received the injection, which helps their bodies build up immunity against the Coronavirus.

Chico Nyathi and Bongani Masando from the City’s Emergency Management Services (EMS) were among the first 16 healthcare practitioners to be inoculated with the Covid-19 vaccine at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital on Friday, 5 March.

Kyle Swanepoel, an Advanced Life-support Paramedic from the Lonehill Fire station in northern Joburg says the jab wasn’t painful.

“I’ve received my single dose of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine. I’m feeling fine; I advise everyone to go for it,” says Swanepoel.

Cllr Mgcina notes that more municipal healthcare workers will be inoculated against Covid-19 within the coming days.

To manage large crowds in line with Covid-19 protocols, Cllr Mgcina adds that the vaccine will be administered to smaller groups from the City, alongside officials from other municipalities.

Clifford Mokgatlhe, a Paramedic from Auckland Park and Langutani Rikhotso, a Professional Nurse were also part of the first score of frontline workers to be vaccinated.

“The past 13 months have been tough on us as frontline workers, but we've remained resilient. One thing I’ve learned is that once you are empowered in terms of information, you can make informed decisions about the vaccine,” says Mokgatlhe.

He adds that he feels privileged to be among the first group of City officials to receive the vaccine. “I encourage others to get vaccinated too,” adds Mokgatlhe.

Cllr Mgcina says no resident will be compelled to take the vaccine.

“However, residents are urged to take up the vaccination opportunity to protect themselves and their fellow citizens against the deadly Covid-19 pandemic,” she explains.

Written by Gugu Zwane

More than 5 000 municipal health practitioners are earmarked for Covid-19 vaccines within the coming weeks, with the first group of 16 officials having already been inoculated.

Health and Social Development MMC, Cllr Eunice Mgcina says all frontline workers in the City’s healthcare facilities will be jabbed with the Covid-19 vaccine as part of the initial phase of the national inoculation drive.

To date, over twenty frontline workers in municipal healthcare facilities have received the injection, which helps their bodies build up immunity against the Coronavirus.

Chico Nyathi and Bongani Masando from the City’s Emergency Management Services (EMS) were among the first 16 healthcare practitioners to be inoculated with the Covid-19 vaccine at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital on Friday, 5 March.

Kyle Swanepoel, an Advanced Life-support Paramedic from the Lonehill Fire station in northern Joburg says the jab wasn’t painful.

“I’ve received my single dose of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine. I’m feeling fine; I advise everyone to go for it,” says Swanepoel.

Cllr Mgcina notes that more municipal healthcare workers will be inoculated against Covid-19 within the coming days.

To manage large crowds in line with Covid-19 protocols, Cllr Mgcina adds that the vaccine will be administered to smaller groups from the City, alongside officials from other municipalities.

Clifford Mokgatlhe, a Paramedic from Auckland Park and Langutani Rikhotso, a Professional Nurse were also part of the first score of frontline workers to be vaccinated.

“The past 13 months have been tough on us as frontline workers, but we've remained resilient. One thing I’ve learned is that once you are empowered in terms of information, you can make informed decisions about the vaccine,” says Mokgatlhe.

He adds that he feels privileged to be among the first group of City officials to receive the vaccine. “I encourage others to get vaccinated too,” adds Mokgatlhe.

Cllr Mgcina says no resident will be compelled to take the vaccine.

“However, residents are urged to take up the vaccination opportunity to protect themselves and their fellow citizens against the deadly Covid-19 pandemic,” she explains.




Written by Gugu Zwane