Million Gauteng Residents Have Dodged Second Dose
Million Gauteng Residents Have Dodged Second Dose. Photo: iStockPhoto

Residents in Gauteng are being urged to remember to get their second Covid-19 jab! It turns out that more than a MILLION people in the South African province have not returned to receive the second dose of their Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine!

Speaking at a pop-up vaccine site in the West Rand on Wednesday, Gauteng Premier David Makhura emphasised that receiving the second jab of the vaccine gives you even more protection from getting severely ill if you contract COVID-19. He said:

“We have over a million people who have taken their first dose of Pfizer whose days have come and passed for their second dose and they haven’t pitched at the vaccination site. I want to call on them to please go for their second dose. We know that the scientists say one dose of Pfizer protects you but the second dose makes you even much safer.”

The premier encouraged those who are yet to be vaccinated, to do so before the expected fourth wave… which is predicted to be rolling in later this year.

Those who haven’t had their first dose are playing a very dangerous game

“Those who have not taken their first dose, we are saying to you, you are really playing a very dangerous game because should we get the fourth wave, you are not going to be in a very safe position. We want to reach more people ahead of the November elections where there will be lots of up and downs, ahead of the festive season and ahead of the fourth wave.”

Speaking in the Merafong municipal area where vaccinations have increased recently, with 61% of adults in the area having received at least one dose, Makhura said: “The West Rand as a district was doing very badly two months ago. We had to put lots of effort, lots of mobilisation. We had to release our mobile units. The story of successful [vaccination programmes] is when the local leaders, the local councillors and local community leaders go out and say…[they] will vaccinate. This has been the story here.” –