South Africa’s Ramaphosa praises youth enthusiasm on COVID-19 jabs

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A resident receives a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty branded Covid-19 vaccine at a mass vaccination site at Athlone Stadium, South Africa, Friday, Aug. 20, 2021/Getty Images

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa has lauded enthusiasm among the country’s youth for getting themselves vaccinated against COVID-19.

A resident receives a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty branded COVID-19 vaccine at a mass vaccination site at Athlone Stadium, South Africa, Aug. 20, 2021/Getty Images

In a statement on Monday, Ramaphosa said, “Today, I want to speak to the young people of South Africa. 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 also stated that last week South Africa passed the milestone of 10 million vaccine doses administered.

“Nearly 5 million people are fully vaccinated, which means they have received one dose of the J&J vaccine or two doses of the Pfizer vaccine. But we still have a long way to go.” He added.

“This is where young people come in. We are calling on them to go out and get vaccinated so that we reach our goal.”

Ramaphosa however said that there is still a lot of shady content being circulated out there about the vaccine.

“These messages are harmful, and are making people hesitant to get vaccinated. This is not only harmful to young people, but many others, including people at risk who really need the vaccine.”

“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 Organization.” Ramaphosa said.

He further called upon young people to become walking adverts for the vaccination process.

“We appeal to young people to post pictures of themselves getting vaccinated.”

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