Herd immunity does not mean that people would not get infected with the virus but rather means that those who are vaccinated, would not get severely ill from Covid-19.
This, according to the Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, at the University of the Witwatersrand, Professor Shabir Madhi.
Madhi says Government should therefore instead change its messaging to focusing on informing residents that getting vaccinated would protect them, especially if they fall in vulnerable groups, from ending up in hospital.
Madhi says this may help in reducing vaccine-hesitancy among South Africans.
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- WHO urges patients to get medical treatment for “long-Covid”.
- Mobile Covid-19 vaccination sites to each reach 300 people per day.
- Progress in Covid-19 vaccination drive as 7.7% of SA adults now fully vaccinated.
JUST IN #VaccineRollOutSA stats: Wed, 4 Aug:
* We've administered 8 mil doses and fully vaccinated 3.3 mil adults *
1. Jabs, past 24 hrs: 185, 949 (Tu:191, 721 )
2. Total doses: 8, 182, 380
3. Adults fully vaccinated: 3, 327, 950 (8.3%) pic.twitter.com/uzeW3uzzJg
— Mia Malan (@miamalan) August 4, 2021