Premier Winde gets vaccinated & calls on the people of the Western Cape to do the same so that we can save lives and jobs

Today, I received the first dose of my COVID-19 vaccine at the Mitchells Plain Community Health Centre (CHC) in Cape Town.

I chose to get vaccinated because I know that the vaccine is safe and highly effective, offering excellent protection against serious illness and death. I also know that by getting vaccinated I am playing my part in beating COVID-19, in saving lives, and in saving jobs in the Western Cape.

The last 16 months have been a time of great loss for many people - of both lives and livelihood. We now have an opportunity to bring it to an end, so that we can stop having to say goodbye to the people we love so that we can stop having our ICUs stretched to capacity, and so that we can stop having lockdowns and restrictions that keep on taking away our jobs.

This is how we fight back against COVID-19.

Today, I specifically chose to get vaccinated in the community of Mitchells Plain, using the special Saturday vaccination service offered by our Department of Health. This is because this community has had a lower rate of vaccine registration than the rest of the province.

Some of our residents are scared that the vaccine is not safe, that it was made too quickly, or that it might not work. I am here today to lead from the front and show that the vaccine is safe and that there is no reason to be afraid.

I want to use this opportunity to encourage our residents to do proper research from reliable sources if they are unsure about getting vaccinated. Speak to a nurse at your local clinic or hospital and ask them to explain to you how it works. There is a lot of fake news on social media and being shared via WhatsApp, and so I know it can be confusing. But please check trusted sources so you can make an informed decision with accurate information.

If you do so, you will see how vaccines are saving lives in countries around the world, keeping people out of the hospital, and allowing economies to open up and to grow again. We need the same in the Western Cape, and every person, from 18 years to 100 years old, has a role to play in making this happen. We are all in this together.

I want again to thank our amazing healthcare workers for their selfless dedication over the last year and a half, and now, in rolling out this once-in-a-generation vaccination programme. Every day I am told beautiful stories about how our vaccinators are providing excellent, caring service, and this was my experience today. Thank you for all that you continue to do for our province.

I now look forward to getting my second dose of the vaccine in 6 weeks’ time, so that I can get the best possible protection against serious illness.

#LetsDoThis, Western Cape!