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I’m happy I was a vaccine guinea pig. Thanks to trials, you too can be safe

I was lucky to be a vaccine volunteer and a year after getting a Covid-19 jab, I’ve been healthy with zero side effects

Senior features writer

A year ago, I became one of the first people in the world to receive a Covid-19 vaccine and, on Monday, I made my sixth, and final, visit to UCT Lung Institute as a vaccine volunteer.

I feel privileged that as a volunteer I got two shots of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine — which prevents severe disease and death — so early on in the pandemic and had no side effects.

But when I got jabbed for the trial on August 24 and September 28, I did not know, nor did the doctors giving me the doses, if I was getting the vaccine or a placebo...

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