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Government has been slow on the uptake, hence SA’s vaccine hesitancy

Government’s strategists have been sleeping on the job, which explains why our vaccine rollout is slipping

Editor: TimesLIVE

The decision yesterday by cabinet to open the floodgates, as it were, for vaccination of those over 18 years from today must, while slightly delayed, be welcomed.

The delay opened room for caustic conversations about why South Africans were not falling over themselves to vaccinate. This after our president called out the world for vaccine apartheid and demanded justice with regards to the delivery of vaccines to poor nations. Now the drugs are here and some are at risk of expiring. 

The Sunday Times ran a lead story on Sunday about a troubling decline in the number of over 35s not lapping up the vaccine. What this does is make the over 18s to wonder why they should be excited about being vaccinating when their parents, who should know better, are going about their lives without much care about it...

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