Masia expressed concerns over the low number of people of Winterveldt who go to the sites to get vaccinated.
Following numerous reports of low and unsatisfactory attendance from Winterveldt residents in vaccination sites, ward 24 councillor, Chris Masia has urged people in townships to take advantage of the vaccination sites opened in their areas and ensure that they get the jab.
Masia revealed to Tshwane Bulletin that it has been a while since they have started with the vaccination rollout in Winterveldt, having started in Thulahanyo Middle School as well as at Dube Clinic.
However, despite having brought vaccination sites closer to the people, Masia expressed concerns over the low number of people of Winterveldt who go to the sites to get vaccinated.
“The numbers are very low. We are not happy with the number of people who voluntarily go to our vaccination sites to get the jab. It is very disappointing, it’s like you are expecting 50 people and only 20 people show up. It’s unsatisfactory,” said Masia.
Asked what may be the cause of people being reluctant to go to vaccination sites to get vaccinated, Masia blamed fake rumours that were making rounds on social media, claiming that vaccines were not safe and that people would die in the next two years due to the vaccines.
“There are fake news circulating around, scaring our people not to take the vaccines. Some people are claiming that the vaccines will reduce one’s lifespan to just 2 years. All these rumours are not true as the vaccines are scientifically proven to be safe and to be our only weapon against this killer virus, for now,” he added.
One of the people who already managed to vaccinate, Frans Moabelo recalled how difficult it was for him to finally take the bold decision to get the jab.
“It is not easy to just decide to vaccinate. Especially with all the rumours we hear about the vaccines. They can make you change your mind even when you wanted to vaccinate. We hear of stories of people who died immediately after coming back from vaccinations. Some according to these rumours, became extremely sick after getting the jab. So with such news making rounds, one can become uncomfortable with the idea of vaccinating, “ he said.
However, Moabelo urged people to follow their instincts and do what was right both for themselves and their loved ones.
“We all know these vaccines are not compulsory, however people must remember that they are our only known and proven weapons against Covid-19. So to protect ourselves and our loved ones, the best thing to do, no matter how uncomfortable it may be, it is to get the jab. In this way, you will be contributing towards curbing the spread of this highly infectious virus,” added Moabelo.
In an effort to change the negative perspective on vaccines, Masia has called on all leaders to take the vaccines themselves and lead by example to ordinary citizens who look up to them.
One of the people who already managed to vaccinate, Frans Moabelo recalled how difficult it was for him to finally take the bold decision to get the jab
Since the government has given a green light to young people aged 18 and above to take the vaccine, the councillor also had some words of encouragement for them.
“Young people must understand that taking the vaccine is the only way to save lives at the moment and the future is in their hands. They must take responsibility to protect themselves and others as well,” said Masia.
He further reminded people that the only requirement to get vaccinated was an Identity Document, then the officials would profile you on the site to ensure that you get the jab.