Vaccine Rollout begins in KZN

Written by on 18 February, 2021

By: Bongani Gina

KZN has this morning vaccinated its first healthcare worker with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at Prince Mshiyeni Hospital uMlazi, South of Durban.

Dr Nerika Maharaj is the first healthcare worker to be vaccinated in this province.

10 800 batch of vaccines has been given to this province from the total of 80 000 doses that the country received. The over 10 000 first batch of doses is to be administered to healthcare workers in Prince Mshiyeni and Inkosi Albert Luthuli hospitals. The two hospitals are some of those with high reported COVID-19 cases in the province.

Dr Nerika Maharaj who was the first to get vaccinated in this province says she was nervous before getting vaccinated but she is now feeling relieved.

Meanwhile Premier Sihle Zikalala has warned those who speak ill about the COVID-19 vaccine to stop misleading and instilling fear on health care workers who wish to be vaccinated.

Zikalala has been speaking to journalists at Prince Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital in uMlazi, South of Durban.

He and Health MEC Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu have launched the province’s first COVID-19 vaccination programme.

Zikalala says people should avoid speaking negatively about the vaccine.

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