Ramaphosa impressed by youth embracing COVID-19 vaccine

2021-Aug-24   06:46

Ramaphosa impressed by youth embracing COVID-19 vaccine
President Cyril Ramaphosa says he is impressed by the high number of young people who have gone out to get vaccinated since Friday.

- Silver Sibiya

President Cyril Ramaphosa says he is impressed by the high number of young people who have gone out to get vaccinated since Friday.

In his weekly newsletter, Ramaphosa said over half a million people have registered to get vaccinated over the past three days since vaccination was open for people aged between 18 and 34 years old.

Though this group was initially in line to start getting inoculated from 1 September, government opened doors for them early in an attempt to bolster the vaccination drive that was seeing a decline.

“Young people are turning out in impressive numbers to get the COVID-19 vaccine. This fills me with great pride. Over half a million South Africans enrolled on the day that registration for over 18s opened. The young people of our country are giving us all hope that an end to this time of hardship is within our sights,” the president said.

“As I watched young people being interviewed while queueing at vaccination centres I was impressed by their enthusiasm and excitement. Most of all I was impressed by their knowledge about the vaccine, how it can protect, and why it is necessary.”

Ramaphosa likened the current generation to those who voted in 1994.

“In 1994 millions of South Africans stood in queues to fulfil the mission of liberation. Many young people stood in those long queues to cast their vote for the first time. Today it is the turn of the new generation of young people. Today’s young people are being called upon to step up and be at the forefront in this defining moment in the life of our nation," he said.

The president also called on youth to continue spreading the good message about vaccines as they are “tech savvy”.

“Young people are digital natives. They are more tech savvy than any generation that came before them. It is important that they help to spread the correct information around vaccines provided by the Department of Health and World Health Organisation.”

More than 10 million people have been vaccinated in South Africa, five million of them are fully vaccinated, while the rest have received the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

The country aims to inoculate 40 million people by February 2022.

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