The Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal have passed the height of the second wave, however, hundreds of people have died and thousands have lost their jobs. To keep everyone safe, doctors at Melomed private hospitals have been encouraging people to be socially responsible and to vaccinate when the vaccines become available.
Healthcare workers said that daily they have to face their fears and go to work, however, the promised vaccines bring hope to them. Their main focus is to educate people about the necessity of taking the vaccine.
Dr Rafeeq Abrahams, Head of Trauma Unit at Melomed hospitals, assures the public that the vaccine is safe and it is effective if taken properly.
Only when 70 to 80% of the entire South African population is vaccinated, it will possibly signal the end of the period of fear and uncertainty.
Many people continue to doubt that a vaccine, which was developed so quickly, is safe, however, Dr Abrahams assures that all the necessary protocols and steps were followed when developing the vaccine.
Doctors are encouraging the public to take responsibility for everyone else's lives by adhering to the regulations such as wearing masks, regularly sanitizing and socially distancing themselves from others. The protocols need to be followed to prevent a third wave of infections.
Those with health concerns are urged to seek medical attention immediately, despite the current pandemic, as hospitals and health facilities have good protocols in place to prevent the spread of the virus.
When asked where the COVID-19 vaccines will be arriving from, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize did not comment. This question was dodged when Mkhize visited Limpopo to check on the province's response to the spread of COVID-19.
Questions surrounding the issue about how the country will pay for the vaccines has been rising, however, Mkhize insists that South Africa will be able to pay for them.